Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is helping a Morwell laundromat create and protect jobs, invest in new facilities and adapt to life after the closure of Hazelwood Power Station.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced Valley Court Laundrette would receive a grant under the Labor Government’s Latrobe Valley Economic Facilitation Fund.

The company’s existing workshop, administration and storage facilities will be re-fitted – while a new clean-room will be built.

Solar panels will be installed for energy efficiency and business sustainability, and new machines will wash and iron 300 sheets per hour – more than quadrupling the current throughput.

The investment will help secure the future of the business, retain its existing 10 workers, and create 15 new jobs in Morwell over the next three years.

Valley Court Laundrette is an industrial and commercial laundry that has operated in Morwell since 1993. It lost significant business when the Hazelwood Power Station closed this year.

The owners participated in the Government’s Hazelwood Supply Chain Transition Program and identified the opportunity for a new flatwork linen processing facility to service hospitals, hospitality and aged care facilities.

The $10 million Latrobe Valley Economic Facilitation Fund is supporting business growth and creating new jobs in the Latrobe Valley.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“We are proud to be supporting small business here in the Latrobe Valley.”

“Nearly six months on from the closure of Hazelwood, our investments are helping local businesses like Valley Court Laundrette write their next chapter.”