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Latrobe Valley GovHub

Project at-a-glance

Location: Corner of Church and Fleming Streets, Morwell
Victorian Government investment contribution: $30 million
Developer: Castlerock Property (Castlerock)
Tenants: Victorian Government – various agencies
Capacity: Up to 300
Jobs created during construction: 500
Opened: July 2021

The Victorian Government is investing in the future of the Latrobe Valley and bringing hundreds of public sector jobs to the region with the new GovHub building in Morwell.

The Latrobe Valley GovHub is a $30 million, three-storey regional employment hub supporting economic growth, creating jobs and driving the industries of the future.

Address

Corner of Church and Fleming Streets, Morwell, on the site of former Anglicare offices.

Highlights

  • $30 million project
  • 500 workers logged 85,000 hours
  • 300 workplace building
  • 200 new public sector jobs to Latrobe Valley
  • 82% of building’s materials, services & trades sourced locally
  • 99kw solar power system
  • Electrical vehicle charging stations
  • Engagement with Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation

Project details

The building

The Latrobe Valley GovHub was completed in July 2021 and features:

  • Modern office spaces;
  • Shared meeting rooms;
  • A community hub;
  • Business incubator zones;
  • An exhibition space; and
  • A café

Located in Morwell, the Latrobe Valley GovHub is a purpose-built facility that has capacity to accommodate up to 300 workers, including 200 new roles to the Latrobe Valley.

A number of agencies are located at the Latrobe Valley GovHub including:

The Morwell based GovHub is among 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 Latrobe Valley GovHub not only meets the needs of the modern workplace today but is equipped with a flexible fit-out to accommodate changing tenant needs and the introduction of new technologies, making it future-ready.

Project benefits

Bringing jobs to the Latrobe Valley

The Latrobe Valley GovHub has capacity for up to 300 workers and brings a mix of 200 new public sector jobs for the region and existing government roles from Melbourne.

The move to the new site includes Earth Resources Regulation staff, Parks Victoria staff, the head office of Solar Victoria and the recently established Mine Rehabilitation Authority.

In addition to new and ongoing positions, the Latrobe Valley GovHub also supported 500 jobs during construction - utilising local trades and services throughout the build.

The 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 close to Morwell train 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.

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 has been 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 is pioneering a new way of working for the Victorian Public Service – driving health, productivity and greater collaboration.

Project partners

Castlerock Property (Castlerock) was appointed by the Victorian Government to deliver the $30 million project and own and manage the GovHub building.

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, visit the Castlerock Property website.

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