Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Innovation and knowledge at the heart of the Realm

Media Release

WT347/2015

29 October 2015

Joint release with:

Julie Bishop

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Michael Sukkar

Federal Member for Deakin

Members of Melbourne's eastern region today welcome the opening of the Realm Centre for Knowledge and Innovation as part of the Eastland Shopping Centre Redevelopment project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government invested $3 million towards the $7.7 million Realm project under the National Stronger Regions Fund.

“The Australian Government is investing $1 billion over five years to strengthen regions across Australia, enhancing economic growth and sustaining disadvantaged communities into the future,” Mr Truss said.

“Realm is a first of its kind library, cultural, knowledge and innovation centre and is co-located with the newly developed Ringwood Town Square.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said the Centre for Knowledge and Innovation would provide the community with access to cutting edge resources and the latest technologies.

“The Centre will offer one-stop-shop assistance and advice, education and training programs, employment services, industry expertise and co-working, meeting and event facilities,” Ms Bishop said.

“It will lead the creative and educational development of Melbourne's south east region strengthening competitiveness and employment.”

Federal Member for Deakin Michael Sukkar said the construction and fit out of the Realm centre included lounge and terrace work spaces, meeting and training areas with a theatre and permanent staff offices.

“A library with areas to engage children and young people, comprehensive Council Service Centre, curated art space, café area and interactive local history display space is combined with computer labs and technology areas, business resource hub and associated amenities,” Mr Sukkar said.

“The Centre will be a key driver in delivering over 10,000 direct and 16,000 indirect jobs and deliver a $2.6 billion Gross Regional Product for Melbourne's outer east. The employment, innovation, and productivity generated through investments in skills and training, business development, information sharing and technology will immeasurably benefit Deakin residents and business.”

The Realm Centre for Knowledge and Innovation project is part of the larger $665 million expansion of Eastland and Ringwood town square precinct. The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and Maroondah City Council, each contributing $3 million, and the Queensland Investment Corporation which provided $1.7 million.