Frankston City Industrial Precincts
The industrial precincts in Frankston City (located in Seaford, Carrum Downs, Frankston and Langwarrin) are a key economic driver of output and employment in the local economy. These precincts now support 14,255 jobs, (32 per cent of all jobs in Frankston City) and economic output is at $5.21 billion (43 per cent of all gross revenue in Frankston City)
In 2018, Frankston City Council commissioned an independent research agency to conduct interviews and analysis for the 2018 Industrial Precincts Survey, to better understand where opportunities exist to engage with and assist businesses located within their industrial precincts.
Specifically, the Council wanted to better understand how these opportunities could be tied into those as outlined within the Frankston Economic Development Strategy 2016-2022, with a focus on:
- Linkages between industry and education
- Issues facing established businesses
- Growth of established businesses (projected growth)
- Advocacy and support (i.e. infrastructure)
- How Council can further support businesses in the precinct
- Identify any industry gaps (for investment attraction purposes)
The full report can be read below:
Further updates will be made available regarding Council's plan to implement actions form this report throughout 2019.
Industrial Precincts Business Support - Strategic Action Plan
The Industrial Precincts Needs Analysis Report has informed the development of the Industrial Precincts Strategic Action Plan, aligning with the Economic Development Strategy 2016-2022. The Action Plan will be delivered, focussing on the following areas:
1. Local Employment
Just over half (58 per cent) of businesses participating in the survey have experienced difficulties with obtaining employees, this is heightened within the manufacturing industry with 70 per cent of businesses claiming difficulties. The activities that Council will implement support employers to develop their skills in managing the entire employee life cycle as well as connecting them to the local workforce.
2. Skilled Workforce
Of the 58 per cent of businesses in the survey that indicated they have experienced difficulty obtaining a skilled workforce, 81 per cent of those businesses noted a lack of suitable skills and qualifications as the reason. Council activities will support businesses with resources, information, upskilling programs and projects identifying industry skills gaps, as well as engaging businesses with staff to increase their skills set in the digital space.
3. Business Transition and Expansion
With 62 per cent of businesses indicating employee growth as part of their business expansion, activities will focus on providing adequate support to businesses to manage their expansion plans successfully.
4. Rejuvenation of Industrial Land Use Sites
Businesses indicated that their expansion plans may result in their business relocating to another site (10 per cent). With less than 5 per cent of green field sites remaining within the industrial precincts, the opportunity presents to improve the current capacity of industrial land use employment land, identify key sites for redevelopment and engage with property owners and businesses to revitalize aged stock.
5. Local, State and Federal Government Programs
With 47 per cent of construction firms indicating they would like training or up-skilling support in the tendering process, opportunities exist for Council to assist in improving local business exposure to Local, State and Federal Government programs. With more than $1 billion of development either underway or committed to by the State Government, Council can play a role in supporting local industry to tender for work packages.
6. Investment Attraction
With 41 per cent of all industrial precinct sites owned by the business occupant, there is an opportunity to highlight the importance of maintaining, improving and revitalising industrial aged stock. Council will also undertake activities that promote the opportunity to invest in Frankston’s industrial precincts.
7. Infrastructure and Advocacy
With 68 per cent of businesses indicating that they do not belong to an industry body or association, Council can assist businesses by advocating for improved infrastructure and facilitating opportunities that will provide economic growth to the precincts. Council will also look to connect businesses to industry support groups.
Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
PO Box 490
P. 1300 322 322
F. 03 9784 1094
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