Authority’s doors are open

A “Small but steady” number of workers and community members affected by the impending closure of the Hazelwood power station have gone to the Latrobe Valley Authority for assistance.

The Authority, established by the State Government as a one-stop shop for support, has been approached by the full spectrum of impacted community members according to interim chief Kylie White.

“It has been a true cross-section across the range of workers for people that may be impacted in the supply chain, from young to older age groups,” Ms White said.

“We’ve been able to work with them around their initial concerns and outline whatever services are available to assist them.

“They’ve really been interested in knowing what services they may be eligible for and how do they access them.”

Since opening for business the day of Engie’s formal closure announcement, the LVA has established a Worker Transition Centre to offer a range of services to affected workers.

“This is a service LVA provides to help those impacted by the closure with career planning, training and skills development, financial planning, personal support and job search assistance,” Ms White said.

LVA has also been active in the establishment of the Latrobe Valley economic growth zone, which is designed to streamline business opportunities and operation.

“We can reimburse stamp duty and state and local government charges and fees and we’d welcome businesses also to visit us or let us know of their proposals,” she said.

LVA recently released details around the Latrobe Valley Community Facility fund for projects the community can propose that “will help make the Latrobe Valley a great place to live work and visit” and “improve the wellbeing of the people who live here”.

The facility fund is a chance for community groups and organisations to put forward their visions for the area.

It’s separated into “Liveable Latrobe Valley”, incorporating infrastructure projects, town beautification and community space and “Active Latrobe Valley” for recreational, cultural and sporting activities.

The Authority has also advertised 11 new positions within its ranks.

The jobs include positions with the worker transition centre, managers for the community facility fund, people to work with communities for funding opportunities and office management and program implementation officers.

The Authority is open five days a week at 131 Princes Drive, Morwell or via phone on 1800 136 762.

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