The Latrobe Valley GovHub is a step closer with planning approvals now in place and local businesses being encouraged to register their interest in working on the landmark project.
Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes and Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today announced new planning controls have been approved for the site in Church Street, Morwell, which will house 300 workers once built.
The GovHub will accommodate 200 staff from Victorian Government agencies, including personnel from Earth Resources Regulation, Parks Victoria, EPA and Solar Victoria.
The Andrews Labor Government is calling on the Commonwealth to match Victoria’s commitment by locating more Australian public service jobs to the region.
Castlerock Property has committed to using 75 per cent local content during construction, delivering significant opportunities for local businesses and workers.
The project will create up to 100 jobs during construction.
Local businesses interested in being part of the Latrobe Valley GovHub project are invited to register with the Industry Capability Network, which will be holding an information session on Tuesday, 30 July. The session will give businesses the opportunity to understand more about the project and to meet with the developer.
Early demolition and site clearing work is under way and construction will begin in August.
The new GovHub is part of the Labor Government’s $266 million package to support economic growth in the Latrobe Valley, create jobs and drive the businesses and industries of the future.
According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data, the Latrobe-Gippsland region’s unemployment rate is at an all-time low of 3.2 per cent.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes
“We know how important the Latrobe Valley GovHub will be in creating jobs and boosting the economy. We want to attract as many local people, products and businesses as possible to bring this exciting project to life.”
“The GovHub is part of our ongoing commitment to build the potential and capacity of the Valley, to invest in the right infrastructure, and to drive local jobs and economic growth.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne
“We promised that we’d build the Latrobe Valley’s own GovHub and we’re getting it done.”
Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing
“Projects like the GovHub reinforce the message that the Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and do business.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020