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From the Chief Executive - 8 June 2018

Submitted on Friday, 8th June 2018

In partnership with the Victorian Government, the Victorian Chamber was proud to successfully deliver the 2018 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards at Palladium at Crown last week.

Over 550 members of the business community gathered to celebrate and recognise the leadership and innovation of Victorian companies within the manufacturing sector, which contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy and has seen 13 months of consecutive growth for the first time in a decade.

On behalf of the Victorian Chamber, I would like to congratulate all winners and finalists of this year’s awards. We were thrilled to see our members Boeing Aerostructures Australia, PACCAR Australia, Bombardier Transportation Australia and Chobani announced as award winners, and Smallaire and Della Rosa recognised as finalists. I would also like to give a special mention to the recipients of the inaugural Woman Manufacturer of the Year Award, Jill Walsh from Actco-Pickering and Vanessa Kearney from Viva Energy. View the full list of winners and finalists.

Last week marked the beginning of the Victorian Chamber’s Business Election Luncheons, which will occur throughout the year in key electorates across Victoria in the lead-up to November’s State Election.

The luncheons provide an opportunity for the business community to engage in first-hand discussions with their local politicians, promote business interests and expand on the Victorian Chamber’s Stronger Business Stronger Victoria election priorities.

The first luncheon took place in Benalla where business leaders from the region met with Deputy Nationals leader, Shadow Minister for Training, Skills and Apprenticeships, Shadow Minister for Water and Shadow Minister for Young Victorians and Member for Euroa, Steph Ryan MP.

It was great to see such a strong turnout by representatives from a diverse range of industries critical to the viability of the Hume region, including health, tourism, education, manufacturing, agribusiness and local government.

These events will continue throughout the year in key electorates across Victoria in the lead-up to November’s State Election.

On a final note, I would like to again acknowledge and congratulate Jeremy Johnson as he retires from his role as Sovereign Hill’s Chief Executive Officer after 15 years of remarkable leadership.

It was a pleasure celebrating with Jeremy, his wife Anne, the Sovereign Hill team and industry friends last week. We thank Jeremy for his contribution and dedication to regional Victoria and the Victorian business community, and for his energy, strategic guidance and dedication to business excellence.

As an advocate of Victorian business, Jeremy will remain on the Executive Council of the Victorian Chamber and will continue his role as President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mark Stone AM

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