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A potential 37 new jobs will be created in Gloucester, thanks to the Gloucester Independent Community Legacy Fund (GICLF) provided by AGL Energy Limited.
The first round announcement of successful applicants will provide three local businesses the opportunity to expand and a new business to relocate to Gloucester.
Drifta Camping Kitchens Pty Limited will receive funding to assist with a major expansion of production and storage space and the creation of 20 full time jobs.
Bercol Logging Pty Limited’s funding will support a project boosting production, improving training in OH&S standards and immediately increase staff by five, with a further three in the new year.
Leveltec Engineering Pty Limited’s project will create six jobs by increasing the capacity of the existing facilities and providing new facilities. This will allow for more efficient production systems and capacity to introduce new product lines for recently acquired specialty export and local markets.
“Following careful and detailed review of applications to the GICLF, the independent panel has recommended four projects to receive combined funding of almost $600,000,” AGL executive general manager, group operations, Doug Jackson said.
“The successful applicants are investing for growth and a successful future in Gloucester, bringing new business, new technology and new employment opportunities for the people in this region,” Mr Jackson said.
“We look forward to the opportunities presented from this project and benefits it will pass on to the local community,” Dallas Stokes, managing director of Leveltec Engineering said.
AGL established the $2 million fund earlier this year after announcing it would pull out of coal seam gas exploration in the Gloucester region.
The fund is designed to bring sustainable economic benefit or education and employment to the area, with funding paid in stages to ensure the projects’ success.
“We wanted to create ongoing opportunities and benefits for the Gloucester region. I am excited to see that our fund will mean many opportunities for new jobs and business expansions to help bring economic benefit to the community,” Mr Jackson said.