Friday, 3rd July 2020

Construction of the Latrobe Valley GovHub is moving ahead with the installation of 18 light gauge steel modules onto the sides of the $30 million building.

Each module weighs around four tonnes, stands at 14.5 meters high and were made specifically for the building using local content.

Produced entirely in Victoria, the steel structures are the result of a close collaboration between Industry Cladding, who oversaw the intricate details of the steel framing, and Dandenong-based steel fabricators, Dynamic Steel Frame, who used one of the most advanced forms of manufacturing in the world to produce the final result.

The new GovHub is set to revitalise the Latrobe Valley when completed later this year and is key to the government’s $266 million economic strategy to transition the Latrobe Valley from a resource-based economy to one that is more diverse.

The strategy plays on the strengths of the existing workforce whilst welcoming further investment into the region.

When complete, the GovHub will house 300 workers, of which 200 will be a combination of roles to relocate from Melbourne, along with newly advertised local public sector jobs.

The GovHub is already on track to reach its job targets with at least 150 new roles to the Latrobe Valley coming from Parks Victoria, Earth Resources Regulation and Solar Victoria who are all confirmed as tenants when it opens.

The project has already been providing employment opportunities for locals during construction, with the creation of 170 jobs.

Members of the community can watch the modules taking shape here.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“It’s exciting to see this engineering milestone take shape and a testament to our local businesses and tradespeople – they are leading the world when it comes to construction and engineering.”

“We know how important the Latrobe Valley GovHub will be in creating jobs and boosting the economy and we can already see the positive impacts that the project is having on the local region.”

Quotes attributable to Castlerock Property Business Development Director Adam Bronts

“We are incredibly proud to have been involved in the production of these steel modules and to have kept up with our construction milestones, even in the current coronavirus-impacted environment.”

“It’s all part of our ongoing commitment to help revitalise the Valley – by investing in the right infrastructure we are doing our bit to drive local jobs and economic growth.”