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Geelong - At An Industrial Crossroads - 06 Mar 2014 
The town of Geelong is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here will be closely watched to see if it becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. 
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March 06, 2014 
The Alcoa Aluminium Smelter is pictured before sunrise at Point Henry in Geelong, February 25, 2014.... 
Geelong, Australia 
The Alcoa Aluminium Smelter is pictured before sunrise at Point Henry in Geelong 
The Alcoa Aluminium Smelter is pictured before sunrise at Point Henry in Geelong, February 25, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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March 06, 2014 
The Incitec Pivot company fertilizer and explosive chemical plant is pictured at sunset in Geelong, February... 
Geelong, Australia 
The Incitec Pivot company fertilizer and explosive chemical plant is pictured at sunset in Geelong 
The Incitec Pivot company fertilizer and explosive chemical plant is pictured at sunset in Geelong, February 26, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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March 06, 2014 
A worker at a beach-front attraction, the Giant Sky Wheel, goes on a break at sunset, in Geelong February... 
Geelong, Australia 
A worker at a beach-front attraction, the Giant Sky Wheel, goes on a break at sunset, in Geelong 
A worker at a beach-front attraction, the Giant Sky Wheel, goes on a break at sunset, in Geelong February 25, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
Paddle board instructor Shawn Ward packs up his boards on Geelong's beachfront February 25, 2014. Geelong,... 
Geelong, Australia 
A worker at a beach-front attraction, the Giant Sky Wheel, goes on a break at sunset, in Geelong 
Paddle board instructor Shawn Ward packs up his boards on Geelong's beachfront February 25, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
A children's playground ride in the shape of a boat is seen along Geelong's waterfront, February 25,... 
Geelong, Australia 
A children's playground ride in the shape of a boat is seen along Geelong's waterfront 
A children's playground ride in the shape of a boat is seen along Geelong's waterfront, February 25, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
An arrow road-marking is seen painted on a thoroughfare in Geelong February 25, 2014. Geelong, south... 
Geelong, Australia 
An arrow road-marking is seen painted on a thoroughfare in Geelong 
An arrow road-marking is seen painted on a thoroughfare in Geelong February 25, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
A woman walks through the main shopping district in Geelong February 25, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne,... 
Geelong, Australia 
A woman walks through the main shopping district in Geelong 
A woman walks through the main shopping district in Geelong February 25, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
A gate blocks an entrance to a shopping mall car park in Geelong February 25, 2014. Geelong, south of... 
Geelong, Australia 
A gate blocks an entrance to a shopping mall car park in Geelong 
A gate blocks an entrance to a shopping mall car park in Geelong February 25, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
The Ritz Flats, part of an abandoned pub, stand in the main shopping area of Geelong February 25, 2014.... 
Geelong, Australia 
The Ritz Flats, part of an abandoned pub, stand in the main shopping area of Geelong 
The Ritz Flats, part of an abandoned pub, stand in the main shopping area of Geelong February 25, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
Unopened mail lays on the floor of an abandoned pub in Geelong, February 26, 2014. Geelong, south of... 
Geelong, Australia 
Unopened mail lays on the floor of an abandoned pub in Geelong 
Unopened mail lays on the floor of an abandoned pub in Geelong, February 26, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
A member of the Shell Club, a sports and social venue, plays at a pool table near the Shell Oil refinery... 
Geelong, Australia 
A member of the Shell Club, a sports and social venue, plays at a pool table near the Shell Oil refinery... 
A member of the Shell Club, a sports and social venue, plays at a pool table near the Shell Oil refinery in Geelong February 26, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
A visitor to the Shell Club, a sports and social venue, plays a slot machine near the Shell Oil refinery... 
Geelong, Australia 
A visitor to the Shell Club, a sports and social venue, plays a slot machine near the Shell Oil refinery... 
A visitor to the Shell Club, a sports and social venue, plays a slot machine near the Shell Oil refinery in Geelong February 26, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
A customer is seen through the window of a pub in Geelong February 25, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne,... 
Geelong, Australia 
A customer is seen through the window of a pub in Geelong 
A customer is seen through the window of a pub in Geelong February 25, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
Newly elected Geelong Mayor, Darryn Lyons poses for a photograph in his mayoral robes in the living room... 
Geelong, Australia 
Newly elected Geelong Mayor, Darryn Lyons poses for a photograph in his mayoral robes in the living room... 
Newly elected Geelong Mayor, Darryn Lyons poses for a photograph in his mayoral robes in the living room of his home in Geelong February 27, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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March 06, 2014 
Alcoa aluminium smelter worker Ian Heinrich, 51, poses for a photograph with his wife Wayan and daughters... 
Geelong, Australia 
Alcoa aluminium smelter worker Ian Heinrich poses for a photograph with his family in suburban Geelong... 
Alcoa aluminium smelter worker Ian Heinrich, 51, poses for a photograph with his wife Wayan and daughters Jessica, 4, and Jayla, 3 months, in suburban Geelong February 26, 2014. Heinrich will lose his job when Alcoa shut their plant in nearby Point Henry. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
Alcoa company worker Damian Young carries his son Miller, 2, during an interview with Reuters in Geelong... 
Geelong, Australia 
Alcoa company worker Damian Young carries his son during an interview with Reuters in Geelong 
Alcoa company worker Damian Young carries his son Miller, 2, during an interview with Reuters in Geelong February 25, 2014. Young will lose his job when Alcoa's Point Henry aluminium smelter closes. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
A suburban street is seen in Geelong February 24, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of... 
Geelong, Australia 
A suburban street is seen in Geelong 
A suburban street is seen in Geelong February 24, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
The road leading to the Shell Oil Refinery is seen at sunset in Geelong February 26, 2014. Geelong, south... 
Geelong, Australia 
The road leading to the Shell Oil Refinery is seen at sunset in Geelong 
The road leading to the Shell Oil Refinery is seen at sunset in Geelong February 26, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
Alcoa aluminium smelter worker Adam Oates, 42, is pictured at his workplace in Point Henry, Geelong February... 
Geelong, Australia 
Alcoa aluminium smelter worker Adam Oates is pictured at his workplace in Point Henry, Geelong 
Alcoa aluminium smelter worker Adam Oates, 42, is pictured at his workplace in Point Henry, Geelong February 27, 2014. Oates will lose his job when Alcoa shut the plant. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
The Alcoa aluminium smelter is seen at Point Henry in Geelong February 24, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne,... 
Geelong, Australia 
The Alcoa aluminium smelter is seen at Point Henry in Geelong 
The Alcoa aluminium smelter is seen at Point Henry in Geelong February 24, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
The Incitec Pivot fertilizer and explosive chemical plant is seen at sunset in Geelong February 26, 2014.... 
Geelong, Australia 
The Incitec Pivot fertilizer and explosive chemical plant is seen at sunset in Geelong 
The Incitec Pivot fertilizer and explosive chemical plant is seen at sunset in Geelong February 26, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
A truck driver waits to load his vehicle outside the Incitec Pivot fertilizer and explosive chemical... 
Geelong, Australia 
A truck driver waits to load his vehicle outside the Incitec Pivot fertilizer and explosive chemical... 
A truck driver waits to load his vehicle outside the Incitec Pivot fertilizer and explosive chemical plant in Geelong,February 26, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
The old OneSteel wire mill is seen at sunset in Geelong February 26, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne,... 
Geelong, Australia 
The old OneSteel wire mill is seen at sunset in Geelong 
The old OneSteel wire mill is seen at sunset in Geelong February 26, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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A shift worker at the Alcoa aluminium smelter leaves the plant during a 12-hour shift change before sunrise... 
Geelong, Australia 
A shift worker at the Alcoa aluminium smelter leaves the plant during a 12-hour shift change before sunrise... 
A shift worker at the Alcoa aluminium smelter leaves the plant during a 12-hour shift change before sunrise at Point Henry in Geelong February 27, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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A shift worker at the Alcoa aluminium smelter leaves the plant during a 12-hour shift change before sunrise... 
Geelong, Australia 
A shift worker at the Alcoa aluminium smelter leaves the plant during a 12-hour shift change before sunrise... 
A shift worker at the Alcoa aluminium smelter leaves the plant during a 12-hour shift change before sunrise at Point Henry in Geelong February 25, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 06, 2014 
A combination picture shows residential properties advertised for sale in the suburban neighbourhoods... 
Geelong, Australia 
A combination picture shows residential properties advertised for sale in the suburban neighbourhoods... 
A combination picture shows residential properties advertised for sale in the suburban neighbourhoods of Geelong between February 24 and February 27, 2014. Geelong, south of Melbourne, is a microcosm of the economic crossroads at which Australia stands. The steps authorities and industry leaders take here - securing next-generation defence contracts or incubating carbon fibre production - will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit. Picture taken between February 24 and February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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