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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Loy Yang yesterday

Valley energy & jobs

Valley energy & jobs

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Loy Yang yesterday

The Prime Minister in Traralgon with big spending announcements

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was in Traralgon yesterday, along with environment & energy minister Josh Frydenberg and jobs & innovation minister Senator Michaelia Cash. With them was the Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester.

The big announcement was about the trial project at Loy Yang to turn coal into hydrogen and export it. They also had $20 million to hand out from the government's Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

The energy project at Loy yang involves AGL, Japanese company Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Australian and Japanese governments and industries.

The world-first project Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain pilot program would turn Loy Yang brown coal into hydrogen. The technology and delivery would be trialed over the next four years.

The federal and state governments are investing $50 million each into the pilot program. It's expected to create 400 local jobs and establish a new energy industry in the Latrobe Valley.

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A $20 million Federal Government investment in industry and business in Gippsland is forecast to create more than 1200 new jobs.

The funding through the Regional Jobs and Investment Package was announced in Traralgon yesterday by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

With him was Gippsland MP Darren Chester, who said the funding will be shared between 19 organisations to invest in projects that stimulate investment and create jobs.

Included in the package is $900,000 for Gippsland Rotary Centenary House, to build 13 independent units and other infrastructure to accommodate patients and their families undergoing treatment at Latrobe Regional Hospital. This will take the total number of rooms at Centenary House to 30.

In the $20 million package:

· Mecrus, which will get $3 million to build a large scale hydroponic strawberry glasshouse in Hazelwood to provide Australia’s first and largest protected environment for growing premium strawberry varieties, creating 80 construction jobs and 138 ongoing positions

· Bambach Wires and Cables, which will receive $2.9 million to establish an advanced low voltage cable manufacturing facility and refurbish its existing factory in Rosedale, creating 47 construction jobs and 55 ongoing positions

· Latrobe City Council, which will receive $2 million to fund its Morwell CBD Revitalisation project to transform Morwell town centre, creating 12 construction jobs and an estimated 300 ongoing positions;

· Cool Group of Companies, which will receive almost $1.75 million to build an integrated manufacturing, sales and logistics facility in Morwell, creating 9 construction jobs and 19 ongoing positions;

· Australian Sustainable Hardwoods in Heyfield, which will receive $1.2 million for its twin band saw value recovery project to maximize the recovery of timber and minimise sawdust and wood chip waste, creating 14 construction jobs and 40 ongoing positions;

· Gippsland MTB mountain bike association, which will receive $976,950 for its Haunted Hills Bike Park project at Hernes Oak, creating four construction jobs and eight ongoing positions;

· Gippsland Rotary Centenary House, which will receive $900,000 to build 13 independent units and other infrastructure to accommodate patients and their families undergoing treatment at Latrobe Regional Hospital, creating 25 construction jobs and two ongoing positions;

· Baw Baw Shire Council, which will receive $800,000 to build an early learning centre at Warragul Primary School, creating 21 construction jobs and five ongoing positions;

· Gippsland Logging and Earthmoving, which will receive $762,795 for a project in Morwell to make bioenergy pellets from sawdust and residue used for heating, animal bedding and absorbant products, creating 12 construction jobs and 18 ongoing positions;

· Kempe Process Equipment, which will receive $619,200 to create a centre of excellence in Morwell to provide engineering, maintenance and report services, creating 5 construction jobs and 20 ongoing positions;

· Utilitas Group, which will receive $515,597 for an advanced biorefinery laboratory and biohub design project in Morwell to process organic waste and produce renewable energy, creating 16 constructions jobs and 135 ongoing positions;

· Neerim District Soldiers Memorial Hospital at Neerim South, which will receive $150,000 to upgrade facilities for residents, creating 2 construction jobs;

· Fabpro Group, which will receive $100,000 to construct a cordless factory that uses solar power and modular battery storage in Rosedale, creating two construction jobs and seven ongoing positions; and

· KND Maintenance, which will receive $50,000 for pavement analysis system software to examine road pavements and predict maintenance needs, creating five construction jobs and 10 ongoing positions.

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