The Victorian Government is investing in the future of the Latrobe Valley by bringing hundreds of public sector jobs to the region with a new GovHub Office in the Latrobe Valley.
A $30 million project, the Latrobe Valley GovHub will be a three-storey regional employment hub supporting economic growth, creating jobs and driving the industries of the future.
Corner of Church and Fleming Streets, Morwell on the site of former Anglicare offices
- May 2017 - Funding announcement
- May 2018 - Developer appointed
- December 2018 - Community consultation
- January 2019 - Planning and design
- March 2019 - Early works
- Mid-Late 2019 - Construction start
- Late 2020 - Construction complete
- $30 million project
- 100 jobs during construction
- 300 workplace building
- 200 new public sector jobs to Latrobe Valley
- 75% commitment to local suppliers
- 114 new car bays
The Latrobe Valley GovHub is one of the first of three Government Hubs being built in Ballarat and Bendigo and will feature:
- Modern office spaces;
- Shared meeting rooms;
- A community hub;
- Business incubator zones;
- An exhibition space; and
- A locally-run café
Located in Morwell, the Latrobe Valley GovHub will be a new, purpose-built facility that will accommodate up to 300 workers when complete in late 2020.
A number of agencies will be located at the Latrobe Valley GovHub including:
The building also has capacity for future tenants.
The new Morwell-based GovHub is part of a $266 million Latrobe Valley transition package which aims to bring jobs and opportunities to the Valley.
The Latrobe Valley GovHub will be one of the most energy efficient buildings in the Valley, holding a minimum 4.5 star energy rating together with the latest technology in modern workplace infrastructure, further connecting the region and creating a culture of collaboration and innovation..
The GovHub will not only meet the needs of the modern workplace today but will be future-proofed with a flexible fit-out to accommodate changing tenant needs and the introduction of new technologies.
Bringing jobs to the Latrobe Valley
The Latrobe Valley GovHub will house 300 workers and bring a mix of new public service jobs for the region and existing government roles from Melbourne.
This will include 200 new public sector jobs from the Victorian public service including Earth Resources Regulation staff, who will establish a new head office in the Latrobe Valley, Parks Victoria staff working in environment, research and other service functions, and the head office of Solar Victoria.
This is the biggest jobs boost for the Latrobe Valley since the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station and Mine in 2017, and with mine regulation and rehabilitation a key focus for the region, the presence of Earth Resources Regulation’s new head office will ensure the best local minds are working for the community.
In addition to new and ongoing positions, the Latrobe Valley GovHub will create up to 100 jobs during construction - utilising local trades and services throughout the build.
Local businesses interested in being part of the Latrobe Valley GovHub project are invited to register with the Industry Capability Network, who together with government and Castlerock Property are dedicated to sourcing as much local content and local people to build the GovHub as possible.
Once complete, ongoing maintenance and management of the GovHub will be serviced by local contractors in the Latrobe Valley.
Supporting economic development
The Victorian Government is committed to supporting the Latrobe Valley and its transition from a resource-based economy to one that is more robust and diversified - leveraging the strengths of the existing workforce while welcoming further investment into the region.
The Latrobe Valley GovHub is an important part of this and is expected to deliver an annual $15 million boost to the local economy and encourage greater investment and confidence in the region.
Located in close proximity to Morwell station, other government services and shops on Church St, the GovHub aims to revitalise the northern edge of the CBD and create new opportunities for local hospitality businesses and other traders to capitalise on the increased foot traffic.
While the Latrobe Valley GovHub is expected to create a better environment for business in the region in the future, during construction the project will be working towards a 75 per cent local content target. This means that 75 per cent of the products, services, parts, components, consumables, labour and services will be all locally sourced – generating business opportunities across the Valley’s supply chain.
Supporting the community
The Latrobe Valley GovHub has been designed to provide opportunities for the community to utilise the state-of-the-art building.
The GovHub has been designed with community utilisation in mind with key features including shared meeting rooms, a community hub and on-site café which combine to provide inviting access for the local community, including on weekends.
Technology and sustainability
The GovHub will be built to industry leading standards in sustainability and will utilise the expertise of its anchor tenant, Solar Victoria, to ensure the building creates and uses solar energy.
Incorporating the latest workplace design principles, the GovHub will foster a new way of working for the Victorian Public Service – driving health, productivity and greater collaboration.
Castlerock Property (Castlerock) has been appointed by the Victorian Government to deliver the $30 million project, owning and managing the GovHub building when completed.
Castlerock Property is a family-owned property company that has a strong track record for delivering government buildings nationally.
The owners of Castlerock were educated and raised in the Latrobe Valley and continue to have strong ties with the community and businesses within the region.
For further information on Castlerock, please visit www.castlerockproperty.com.au