BALLARAT'S rail manufacturing sector will benefit from 65 new jobs set to be announced today.
Victorian Treasurer Kim Wells and Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine this morning toured rolling stock manufacturer Alstom's Creswick Road workshop, where 7 new X'Trapolis trains will be built.
The project will see 65 direct jobs created in Ballarat.
"The fit out of these trains will add jobs for people here at Alstom's plant in Ballarat in addition to another 70 indirect jobs expected to be created as a result of this contract,'' Mr Wells said.
He said Alstom will include almost five per cent more local content in the production of the new trains through high-end project management and engineering.
"The trains will have more than 30 per cent local content, which is a great result for regional Victoria.''
The Alstom workshop will benefit from an $8 million investment by the French-owned company.
Also visiting Ballarat today, Manufacturing Minister Richard Dalla-Riva announced an extension of the government's local manufacturing network model in the region.
He said the establishment of manufacturing networks in regional manufacturing hubs was a priority for the Coalition Government.
"The Coalition Government is committed to Ballarat remaining a strong regional manufacturing hub, a strong local community and a leading regional economy and ensuring we assist manufacturers in Ballarat to generate jobs and investment," Mr Dalla-Riva said.