More than 70 new jobs have now been created in the Gloucester region, with support from AGL’s Gloucester Independent Community Legacy Fund.
AGL head of government and community relations, Tony Chappel said the latest round of applications has been assessed and financial support has been provided to an additional six local organisations.
“We are pleased to announce that Hunter Special Vehicles, Forbes Dairy, Avon Valley Inn, Fox Den Café, Lone Pine Dairy and Gloucester High School have been successful in securing support,” he said.
“These organisations will share more than $700,000, creating 15 new employment opportunities in Gloucester, and enhancing educational opportunities for local students.”
The successful applicants are:
- GW and KW Forbes will be looking to create five new jobs in their local family dairy business with funding support assisting to expand the operation, allowing for milking of an additional 800 cows.
- Hunter Special Vehicles, who have been operating in the Gloucester region for over 23 years, will be using the funding to assist with expansion plans and improve staff training, creating two new jobs.
- Avon Valley Inn, which has operating in the Gloucester region for over 23 years will create four new jobs with the funds to assist the construction of a new function centre called, the Avon Terrace.
- Fox Den Café will use the funds to create two new jobs by expanding and upgrading the kitchen and installing pizza ovens.
- Lone Pine Dairy, a 100-year-old fourth generation local dairy farm will create two new jobs with support from the Fund being used for capital expansion projects.
- Gloucester High School will use the funds to create a STEM Pipeline Program and enhance the existing links between local industry, business and schools.
AGL established the $2 million fund in 2016 to identify and support initiatives that bring economic benefit or education to the Gloucester region.
“When AGL announced closure of the gas exploration project in Gloucester, we wanted to create ongoing opportunities and benefits for the region,” Mr Chappel said.
“Since we launched the fund, we have supported the expansion and growth of local industries, businesses and organisations, and most importantly helped create local jobs.
“We have now provided over $1.8 million in grants and helped create 71 new jobs in the greater Gloucester region. With the money remaining in the fund, we will soon run a final round.”
Information about the fund is available at agl.com.au/gloucesterlegacy or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 1800 039 600.