Commitment from Councils to the Bayswater Business Precinct

Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges councils have partnered to ensure the Bayswater Business Precinct (BBP) continues its growth as an economic powerhouse in the eastern suburbs.

Knox Mayor, Cr Marcia Timmers-Leitch said a coordinated strategy was needed to boost jobs and investment in this regionally significant industrial precinct.

“This is the second largest employment precinct in the Eastern Metro Region. It is home to over 5,000 businesses employing over 30,000 people in manufacturing, construction, retail and wholesale trade,” she said.

“About 70% of workers in this precinct live in Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges. By 2042, over 40,000 jobs will be needed to keep up with population growth and provide enough jobs for our residents.

“Our councils are working together under this strategy to create a ‘business heart’ and anchor for the precinct, develop a co-ordinated land-use plan for business and advocate for improved private, freight and public transport, and better walking and cycling paths.

“We have a joint council team to attract investment to the precinct and support businesses in accessing the services they need from government and private sector programs. This team can help solve complex issues and challenges for business owners and help them connect with agencies, regulators and professional services.”

The three councils are developing a plan to review land use planning, transport and connectivity, to identify opportunities to improve freight access, cycling and walking paths.

Visit the BBP Connect website to learn more.