Mr Melhem:Recently I had the opportunity to join with my fellow Labor colleagues from the west in a virtual meeting with Victoria University (VU) vice-chancellor Peter Dawkins and his team regarding their plans for the rejuvenation and expansion of campus facilities across the western region.

VU’s plans for the creation of multifaceted precincts across several VU locations will encourage world-class education opportunities for communities in the west.

In particular, I encourage the proposal for the Melbourne Centre for Civil Construction (MCCC), a project that will provide significant opportunity for reinvigoration of the VU Werribee campus by hosting HE and VET courses in construction, transport and civic infrastructure, research and training facilities as well as an enterprise hub for research and industry/enterprise collaboration.

The MCCC project is a significant opportunity for an investment at the VU Werribee campus, creating a modern campus environment with first-rate education and training facilities and providing the community with:

• the provision of new course offerings

• attraction of more students to the area

• economic and social benefits for people in the region

• enhanced relationships with international partners

VU expects that this project will provide skills and job opportunities for over 300 000 people in the western region.

This initiative is an outstanding opportunity to create a vibrant learning environment for people in the west growth corridor, improving employment and educational attainment levels and helping transform the lives of any student from any background.

I would encourage VU in seeking state government support for a phased investment strategy via their 2020 budget bid and encourage my fellow MPs in supporting this significant investment for people in the west.