Hundreds of new public sector jobs are to spring up in the Latrobe Valley as GovHub opens for business.
Minister for Regional Development, Mary-Anne Thomas said the GovHub was a key part of the State’s Latrobe Valley transition package to support economic growth and create jobs in the region, and would see the decentralisation of public sector roles to regional and rural Victoria.
“The Latrobe Valley site will house 300 workers from the Victorian public service, including 200 new roles,” Ms Thomas said.
“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,” she said.
Ms Thomas said a major feature of the new GovHub was its energy-saving design, with a 99-kilowatt solar system made up of 302 panels installed on the roof.
The Minister said the system was designed to produce 110,000kWh of electricity and reduce carbon emissions by 115 tonnes each year.
“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,” she said.
“More than 500 construction jobs have been delivered with more than 80 per cent of construction involving local trades, supplies and services.”
Ms Thomas said local Indigenous artworks were featured throughout the Hub thanks to partnerships with Traditional Owners, the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, and The Torch program.