Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Latrobe Valley gets jobs boost

Media Release


12 April 2018

Joint release with:

Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister

Darren Chester

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

The $20 million package will foster stronger regional communities and ensure their prosperity continues into the future.

This commitment will drive jobs and economic growth in the Latrobe Valley and is part of a $220 million investment by the Turnbull Government to help diversify regional economies, stimulate economic growth and deliver sustainable employment.

The 19 organisations set to benefit from today's announcement highlight both the innovation and future business prowess of the region.

The Large Scale Hydroponic Strawberry Glasshouse Facility in Hazelwood, a $34.43 million project, will deliver a 12 hectare state-of-art facility, allowing Mecrus Pty Ltd to be the first business in the world to grow hydroponic strawberries every day of the year.

In addition, this facility will create almost 140 ongoing jobs, with the community also seeing an immediate benefit with 80 construction jobs expected to be created.

Gippsland Rotary Centenary House will receive an upgrade from the construction of 13 additional accommodation units, supporting patients and families visiting the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre.

These large motel-style units, complete with kitchenette and ensuite, will almost double the capacity of the Care Centre to meet future demand, while providing more affordable accommodation.

This project is expected to create 25 jobs during construction, along with two ongoing jobs, providing additional support to economy.

These two projects are examples of how the Australian Government is continuing its work to diversify the economies of our regions and create employment and investment opportunities for residents.

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