The site – owned by the state government and managed by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions – is 30 minutes from Melbourne Airport and Avalon Airport. The full extent of the precinct is 775 hectares, but a 400-hectare parcel is specifically for significant works. The department says the site will create 58,300 jobs as it develops.
A Victorian government spokesman said: “Victoria will submit a high-quality expression of of interest to bring Qantas jobs to the state.”
“We are working with the company to get a detailed understanding of their need and will lodge our submission in due course,” the spokesman said.
Ms Roffey has actively engaged the department about the possibility of luring Qantas to Wyndham City as it seeks a strong anchor tenant for the site.
“Certainly, from the Department of Precincts area, we’ve been actively engaged with saying, ‘OK, what about different opportunities; what are we going to do with this piece of land?’.
“A pitch for Qantas is something we would strongly support and put forward,” she said. “Fingers crossed it is in the conversation and starting to get some thinking around it at least.”
Last month, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he had spoken to Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce about a potential move. He said his state had an attractive offer to make.
“They’ve got some heavy maintenance jobs. They’ve got some head office