More jobs in Latrobe Valley as GovHub opens for business07/07/2021
The Victorian Government has delivered on a key jobs promise to the Latrobe Valley, with hundreds of new public sector jobs at the newly completed GovHub in Morwell.
Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas was today joined by Castlerock Property and members of the community to officially open the $30 million building.
The Latrobe Valley GovHub is a key part of the Government’s $266 million Latrobe Valley transition package to support economic growth and create jobs and will see the decentralisation of roles to regional and rural Victoria.
The Latrobe Valley site will house 300 workers from the Victorian public service, including 200 new roles. So far, the GovHub has welcomed staff from Parks Victoria and Solar Victoria, with new tenancies and workers to take up residency over coming months.
A major feature of the new GovHub includes its energy saving design, with a 99-kilowatt solar system made up of 302 panels installed on the roof of the GovHub. These are designed to produce 110,000kWh of electricity and reduce carbon emissions by 115 tonnes each year, allowing the site to achieve a 6-star energy rating.
In addition to providing a long-term annual boost of $15 million to the local economy, the GovHub has also been an important source of local employment for the region. More than 500 construction jobs have been delivered with more than 80 percent of construction involving local trades, supplies and services.
Part of Castlerock’s vision for the GovHub was to partner with Traditional Owners, the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, and feature local Indigenous artworks. The GovHub boardroom tables have been decorated with Indigenous designs thanks to a partnership with The Torch program, which provides support to Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders in Victoria.
Since 2016, the Victorian Government has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to transform the region's economy, leading to more than 3,800 new jobs so far.