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  • Kane Constructions join GROW initiative

    The Andrews Labor Government’s $37.5 million Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC)redevelopment will provide employment and training opportunities to some of Geelong’s most disadvantaged job-seekers. .

    Member for Geelong Christine Couzens, Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville and Member for Lara John Eren today joined Kane Construction at the site of the redevelopment to mark the start of demolition works and announce that Kane will be joining the G21 Region Opportunities for Work initiative.

    GROW was launched in 2016 by Give Where You Live Foundation and the G21 Region Alliance and supported by $1 million from the Labor Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund. It connects businesses to job-seekers in areas of high unemployment rates.

    In signing up to the program, Kane Constructions joins a wide range of organisations and businesses working together to reduce unemployment and tackle social and economic disadvantage in the Geelong region.

    The Labor Government’s GPAC Redevelopment will transform the 36-year-old arts centre inside and out– with a striking new and accessible entrance, expanded facilities, and new foyers, bars, rehearsal studios and creative development spaces.

    The project is expected to create more than 100 local jobs and be a major driver of the revitalisation of Geelong’s CBD and economic growth in the region.

    Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

    Our GPAC redevelopment will revitalise Geelong and deliver important social and economic opportunities for some of our region’s most disadvantaged.”

    Quote attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

    “Kane has worked on a number of transformative projects for Geelong and this deepens their commitment to the region, to local jobs and to creating opportunities that will transform people’s lives.”

    Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren

    “Local procurement is an important way to drive economic growth and job creation in our region. By signing up to GROW, Kane will join a collaborative effort to tackle unemployment and social disadvantage.”

    Quote attributable to CEO for G21, Elaine Carbines

    “It’s wonderful to see work begin on this G21 priority project, and especially pleasing that Kane has adopted the GROW principles of wherever possible employing and procuring locally to benefit the regional economy.”

    Quote attributable to CEO for Give Where You Live Bill Mithen

    “Kane Constructions joins 70 other local organisations in signing the GROW Compact. We are delighted that they will use their purchasing power to create jobs and opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.”