Gippsland Innovation Centre a boost for the region’s industry

Morwell Innovation Centre interior concept design – Stage 1 (Design: William Ross Architects)

The Morwell Innovation Centre, as part of Gippsland's Hi-Tech Precinct, will help to take local businesses and industry to the next level.

Construction is set to begin on the Centre this month, with the ground now cleared to make way for the $17.2m facility, which is set to be fully operational in 2020.

The Centre will house a range of facilities and infrastructure to support business incubation, development and collaboration for the long-term benefit of the region.

Local business will be able to share in the Centre’s high quality technology and equipment, and to utilise these resources to help evolve and innovate within their industries.

New start-ups will also have the support they need through access to the facilities, as well as the exciting mentoring and collaboration opportunities that the Centre's incubator/accelerator hub will provide.

The Centre is designed to combine local capabilities with the best innovation models from around the world to help create growth and evolve the region.

It will join Federation University’s existing Technology Parks, which have had a substantial impact in Ballarat, with employment and commercial opportunities connected to these facilities contributing millions of dollars to the local economy.

Funding for the Morwell Innovation Centre has been granted from the Victorian Government through Regional Development Victoria.

It will form an integral part of the wider Hi-Tech Precinct in Morwell: an initiative between Federation University, Federation Training, Gippsland Tech School, Latrobe City Council and the Victorian Government.

By helping to enable economic, research and innovation partnerships, it is hoped the Morwell Innovation Centre will be a flagship for the University and a hub for technology and innovation activities in the region.