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Local Leader To Head-Up Support For The Latrobe Valley

10 April 2017

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced that Latrobe Valley local, Karen Cain, will take the reins as the Chief Executive Officer of the Latrobe Valley Authority.

The Latrobe Valley Authority (LVA), part of a $266 million package from the Labor Government, was established to deliver new jobs and provide extra support to the Valley’s communities, following the closure of Hazelwood.

Ms Cain brings her experience of both government and industry, having served as a local education leader, a member of the Gippsland Regional Managers Forum and as owner of a local commercial beef farm with her husband for the past 21 years.

Since its establishment, the LVA has worked intensively with the community, helping more than 260 families affected by Hazelwood’s closure. This includes providing tailored advice and opportunities to retrain or find new employment through the Worker Transition Service.

The LVA is also helping to secure the economic future of the Valley and has been working with around 100 businesses to establish or expand their presence and create new jobs.

The LVA is also working with more than 100 local organisations to make sure the Latrobe Valley continues to be a great place to live, including upgrading the Latrobe Regional Gallery and expanding the Boolarra Folk Festival.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Karen Cain is an outstanding servant of this proud region. She brings experience of both government and industry – and most importantly, an unwavering commitment to the Latrobe Valley.”

“I also extend my thanks to Kylie White for her hard work in establishing the Latrobe Valley Authority and driving its many achievements to date. She leaves it in excellent shape and in a position to deliver for the Valley.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“I am delighted to welcome Karen Cain as the new CEO of the Latrobe Valley Authority and look forward to working with her to secure the social and economic future of the Valley.”

Quote attributable to the Latrobe Valley Authority CEO Karen Cain

“I know firsthand how great the Latrobe Valley is to live and work. I will ensure that the Authority works hard each and every day in partnership with locals to build the strong and vibrant future our region deserves.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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