Plastics recycling will be a focus of Shadow Minister for Innovation, Technology and the Future of Work, Clare O’Neil MP’s visit, when she tours Corangamite today.

Libby Coker MP, who will host Ms O’Neil’s visit, said that Corangamite, and the region, is leading research and innovation across a number of industries including recycling, fibre manufacturing and food technology and she was excited to promote this work.

“This is a great opportunity to shift the focus to the future of work in our region. Each of the companies we will visit today are driving new technologies and jobs in Corangamite. Labor continues to fight for funding for research and development to support the creation of jobs. In contrast, the Morrison Government continues to rip vital funds from R and D.”

As part of the tour Clare O’Neil will visit Lonsdale Hydroponics and GT Recycling in the morning.

“GT Recycling is a great example of the opportunities that exist in plastics recycling and highlights the need for strong investment in the industry, particularly as we face a massive plastic waste problem.”

Ms Coker said they would also be meeting with Surf Coast Council Shire to discuss the Nature of Jobs Digital Transformation Project and hear more about the challenges facing businesses along the coast.

“The digital transformation project, run through the Surf Coast Shire, is a great employment initiative. Ms O’Neil is keen to hear more about how we can help local businesses attract and retain a steady workforce.”

The tour will end with a visit to ManuFutures and the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University, including a tour of the fibre labs developing materials with new functions and new recycling pathways, and a visit to the BatTRI-Hub battery prototyping facility.

“The Shadow Minister’s visit to the region will also provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges facing our region and the way forward for Australia’s rapidly changing industries.”