Signing sparks job creation

Published on 28 December 2017


A world-first $565 million partnership will deliver almost 1100 jobs to the Northern Grampians Shire region following signing of a contract between the Victorian State Government, Neoen Australia and Nectar Farms.

The contract signing ensures construction of both the Bulgana Green Power Hub and the Nectar Farms greenhouse facility will proceed as planned, with the construction phase of both projects delivering 315 direct jobs and 786 indirect jobs, along with an ongoing 271 full-time jobs and 151 indirect jobs for the life of the asset. The benefits to the the community won’t stop there however, with the announcement of a $120,000 annual community fund from Neoen coordinated by Council, with funds distributed to Northern Grampians Shire community groups.

Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Cr Tony Driscoll said in addition to delivering as a much-needed boost in terms of employment for the region, the project will also have untold economic on-flows for existing businesses.

“This is another clear sign that outside investors and the Victorian Government are willing to put their faith in the future of the Northern Grampians Shire,” Cr Driscoll said.

“We welcome the job creation that this project will bring with it, along with the economic dividends it will deliver for our existing businesses, including local contractors, accommodation providers, the hospitality industry and other services.

“Since this project was announced in June, Council and the entire Northern Grampians Shire community have eagerly been anticipating the signing of this contract in order to see such an exciting project come to life within our region and place Stawell at the forefront of the emerging renewables sector.

“The additional announcement of the community fund is a clear demonstration Neoen is serious about supporting locals and working with Council to ensure the ongoing livability of our shire well into the future.”

When the project was announced in June of this year, the State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Neoen and Nectar Farms, detailing an agreement for the Government to purchase 90 percent of the energy generated by the 63-turbine windfarm, with the remaining 10 percent to be supplied to power Nectar Farms’ 40 hectares of greenhouses at a competitive rate. Today’s contract signing ratifies that agreement.

Further community consultation and information sessions will be scheduled for early 2018.

For more information, please contact Northern Grampians Shire Council Investment Attraction Officer Lynley Hoiles on (03) 5358 8700.