FROM caterers to cleaners, manufacturers to engineers, south-west businesses can find out how to get involved in major projects thanks to an information session on Tuesday night.
As part of the Warrnambool Small Business Forum, the city council, Moyne Shire Council and the Industry Capability Network (ICN) are teaming up for a forum to help businesses plug in to large-scale developments in the region.
ICN is a national non-profit organisation funded by the Victorian government that aims to make sure local businesses get involved when major projects are developed, ICN great south coast regional manager Brenda Callahan said.
“With wind farm, for example, we get big European companies coming to us looking to do a project and they say ‘give us a list of people who have these capabilities’,” Ms Callahan said.
ICN uses a business database called Gateway, which costs nothing to sign up to. “All you need is an ABN,” she said.
More than 100 people attended last year’s forum, attracting a lot of sign-ups to Gateway.
She highlighted Warrnam-bool’s Western District Crane Services as one business that had already benefited from ICN’s services, which had helped get it involved with the Macarthur wind farm. Moyne Shire major projects liaison officer Vicki Askew-Thornton will also speak at the forum to provide “a snapshot of where energy projects are at in the shire”.
She said the economic benefits of energy projects in the region was widely known, pointing to the various windfarms and the Mortlake power station project and the number of local businesses involved as an example.
“I think people are starting to get a pretty good idea of what’s in the pipeline in Moyne, (but) this forum is about giving people a realistic idea of the estimated rollout of some of these projects,” she said.
Warrnambool City Council economic development and grants officer Annabel Cussen said the forum would provide local business with an opportunity to learn more about upcoming projects.
The major projects forum takes place on Tuesday at South West TAFE from 6pm.