Marking the end of 90 years of manufacturing in Victoria, Ford plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows have closed their doors today for the last time.
This has undoubtedly been a difficult day for Ford workers, their families and the many workers in Ford’s supply chain who will be impacted by the closure.
If you are one of these people, know that the Andrews Labor Government is doing all we can to help you get through this very difficult period.
We are providing $135.4 million of targeted assistance including programs and training for workers and businesses, including:
Grants to businesses to generate new investment and create jobs for retrenched workers in Melbourne’s South-East, North, West and Geelong – the communities most impacted by the closure.
Tailored business support to help automotive companies identify future opportunities and new markets.
Skills and Jobs Centres to provide a one-stop-shops to assist workers – including those in the auto industry – to access training and job support services.
The Government has also established the Victorian Automotive Transition Taskforce and four supporting Local Taskforces in Melbourne's north, west, south-east, and in Geelong. The taskforce works closely with businesses, local government and local communities to respond to local needs. I myself chair the Western Local Automotive Transition Task Force.
Yet while this Government is trying hard, the Federal Liberal Government has abandoned and turned their backs on automotive workers and businesses during this difficult transition. Make no mistake – thousands of jobs were put at risk due to the actions taken by Tony Abbott and the Liberals when they cut support to Holden and Toyota.
Workers at Ford’s manufacturing plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows leave behind a proud legacy which has shaped Victoria’s world class manufacturing industry.
While the closure marks the end of an era for Victoria, it certainly does not mark the end of manufacturing in Victoria.