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See the results achieved by other GROW participants.

Turning trash into an employment treasure

Employment prospects have been developing in East Gippsland for those with barriers to work in a very unassuming place – the local tip. Beginning 10 years ago, founded by members supporting young people into work, the Bairnsdale Recycling Enterprise Incorporated has held an important role in the area as a place to build on your…

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If you can see it, you can be it

Formed in 1978, the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperatives (GEGAC) objective was to improve and support the health of the Aboriginal community in East Gippsland and surrounds. Over almost 50 years since it’s opening, the organisation has expanded, now employing over 160 people across the areas of health, education, culture and social services. The…

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A very meaningful relationship

AFL players believe that every young person should have an opportunity to succeed. And that’s exactly what their official charity, Ladder, exists to do. Through mentoring and chances to expand their life and work experiences, the Ladder program supports young people to build a fulfilling life.   Ladder operates in the Latrobe Valley through the…

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Igniting engagement in young people

The Broadening Horizons program aims to ignite the passion and engagement of young people in Gippsland by providing a stronger link between the world of work and the curriculum, connecting students with industry experts and providing hands on experience to solve ‘real-world problems’. Supported by the Latrobe Valley Authority, the learning model provides students with…

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We want to part of ‘something bigger’

Name: Guy Dawson – Payless Promotions. Where is your place of business? Our Head Office is in Sale and we have a second office in Traralgon. Tell us about your business: We develop uniform and merchandise solutions for organisations with the objective to strengthen their brand consistency and the value of their organisation. Why did…

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Promoting an inclusive workplace

Compact Members Latrobe Valley Authority recently participated in Job Shadow Day, an annual event that promotes equal employment opportunities in the region. Glenn shadowed Tony for the day, learning about the many programs the LVA is involved in and meeting some Workers Transition Service partners including TAFE Gippsland Skills and Jobs Centre and the Gippsland Trades & Labour Council Inc.

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“The opportunity to employ Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians”

Compact Member Monero Constructions have been working on the Wallan station upgrade as part of the Rail Projects Victoria Regional Rail Revival project. This package of work gives director Gary Mongta an opportunity to grow his business, up-skill his employees and provide longevity of employment for his team.

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Creating continuous employment opportunities

The Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Program, implemented by GROW Gippsland partner Food & Fibre Gippsland, has placed 130 people in agribusiness-related employment, with 88 achieving steady employment. Both employers and potential employees are supported through this program, with assistance in work-force capability planning and building for employers and placements, training and mentoring for employees. The…

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Giving back to the community

Name: Christine Boucher. Where is your place of business? Paynesville, East Gippsland. Tell us about your business: I have worked in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years. Transitioning from Intensive Care Nurse to entrepreneur, speaker, and corporate health and performance coach to businesses in 2013. My purpose is transforming organisations to work productively…

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Seeking local produce for students

Name: Mirboo North- TheirCare. Where is your place of business? Mirboo North Primary School. Tell us about your business: We provide after school care for the local community of Mirboo North. Why did you choose to be a part of GROW Gippsland? To become aware of other local businesses within Gippsland as well as business…

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Take advantage of all opportunities

GROW Gippsland Compact Member Bairnsdale Regional Health Service(BRHS), recently held a ‘Work Inspiration’ day, organised by The Smith Family, to help students from Bairnsdale Secondary College learn about the world of work and to explore their career options. The students heard from Allied Health Assistant Amber Buller, who urged students ‘to seek out, and take advantage…

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Developing career opportunities in software

Name: Mark Reside from Meadrisker Pty Ltd. Where is your place of business? Sale. Tell us about your business:A software development business, developing web and mobile applications for business across Australia. Why did you choose to be a part of GROW Gippsland? Being a small business owner in Gippsland for over 25 years, as well…

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Fostering local jobs

Rail Projects Victoria, delivering the Gippsland Line Upgrade including the replacement of the Avon River Bridge in Stratford, are growing local jobs in the process. OnePlan Land Development Group were brought in to survey the land around the bridge, ensuring that new boundaries were established for an area that changes often with the weather, namely…

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“Our vision: safe, affordable and sustainable healthcare”

Name: Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV). Where is your place of business? Level 34, Casselden, 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Tell us about your business:Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV) is a state-wide health procurement organisation that partners with Victoria’s public health services to procure best-value goods and services. Our vision is to advance safe, affordable and sustainable healthcare….

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Supporting the sustainable growth of our region

Name: Patrick Maiden, GHD Pty Ltd. Where is your place of business? 5 Church Street, Traralgon. Tell us about your business: GHD is a professional consultancy and advisory company providing engineering and technical services across water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. Why did you choose to be a part of GROW…

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Making a positive impact to the local community

Name: Kalbar Resources. Where is your place of business? Bairnsdale. Tell us about your business:Kalbar Resources is an Australian public company. We are focused on the development of the Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project in Gippsland, Victoria. Why did you choose to be a part of GROW Gippsland? We became a part of GROW Gippsland as…

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Supporting a great work-life balance

Name: Shane Duncan of Guardian Facilities and Property Management. Where is your place of business? TBC – in the process of relocating from home business. Tell us about your business: GFPM provide professional trades and maintenance services to other local businesses & organisations to ensure their facilities are compliant and presented to the highest standard….

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Tender responses aligning with GROW

Recently, West Gippsland Healthcare Group (WGHG) requested the assistance of the GROW Gippsland team to adjust a tender application to include GROW principles. The organisation, who are GROW Gippsland Compact Members, have committed to supporting local and social procurement through their participation in the program and were eager to edit their tender response to better…

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A flourishing friend

‘Moogji’ means ‘friend’ and the team working out of far East Gippsland absolutely reflect that. The Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland Inc., established in 1993 in the town of Orbost, offers a range of health services, from dental, a GP clinic, clinical nurse, counselling, Outreach Services and environmental health. The organisation promotes and fosters a…

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Helping to shape future working opportunities

Name: TAFE Gippsland Where is your place of business? TAFE Gippsland operates across 10 major TAFE campuses throughout Gippsland. Tell us about your business: We are a major regional Victorian TAFE Institute; a provider of high quality vocational education and training. Why did you choose to be a part of GROW Gippsland? TAFE Gippsland recognises…

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“We believe it is important for our staff to reflect the community in which we work”

Name:Latrobe Valley Bus Lines PL. What is your place of business? Latrobe Valley: Depots located in Traralgon, Morwell and Moe. Tell us about your business:An innovative company that delivers safe, professional and reliable public, school bus, V/line and private transport across Gippsland. Why did you choose to be a part of GROW Gippsland? We are…

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“I love Gippsland and I love helping local businesses and individuals to be the best they can be!”

Name: Wombarra Consulting What is your place of business? Home-based in Warragul – or often found popping in to a local café to beaver away, fuel their economy and promote beautiful Gippsland venues. Tell us about your business: Business Consultancy providing Leadership & Business Coaching, Organisational Cultural reform activities and Business Effectiveness support. Why did…

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A case for diversity

A genuine commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion has recently led to new employment opportunities at Gippsland Water, for locals with disabilities.  The establishment of a partnership with local disability job provider Work Solutions Gippsland (WSG) was a catalyst for jobseeker Hayden in securing contact employment, following the 2018 Job Shadow Day initiative, which provides…

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The power of 3!

Three GROW Gippsland Compact Signatories; Latrobe Valley Authority, Ladder and Latrobe City Council provided Lesley with a traineeship over the past 12 months, resulting in her gaining employment. This initiative provides workplace experience and helps young people achieve their job goals. GROW Gippsland encourages the employment of Gippsland community members from key demographics, including young…

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Small changes, make a big difference.

AGL Energy have engaged local business, Ausworkwear & Safety, to provide their PPE Australia wide. GROW Gippsland is constantly inspired and encouraged by Gippsland businesses working together to improve the region.

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Make the connection with Gippsland Business Connect

This online platform boasts 800 business profiles and 1,500 users across the Gippsland region, sharing expert knowledge, key events and procurement opportunities. Discover the network endeavouring to boost the local economy through strong relationships and promotion of the fantastic businesses in Gippsland.

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“A position for me to shine”

Employing inclusively brings benefits not only to the individual being employed, such as new found confidence but also to the organisation through understanding barriers to employment for Gippsland residents and learning the necessity of being culturally aware. Hear from Jayda Green, a participant in the Aboriginal traineeship program at Central Gippsland Health and Sue Askew,…

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“To keep our community thriving, it is the responsibility of businesses to grow the local economy”

What is your place of business? We have 12 practices across Gippsland and another 10 across Melbourne known as PhysioChoice as well as PilatesChoice outlets across Gippsland. Tell us about your business: Providing physiotherapy services to Gippsland for 25 years, including physiotherapy, corporate health and clinical pilates. Why did you choose to be a part…

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“Go above and beyond” in your social enterprise journey

Sam Sondhi, CEO of Outlook Victoria shares his tips on how to win government and corporate contracts as a social enterprise. Being honest and engaging early with stakeholders ensures the best outcome = a happy client being a repeat client.

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“Our company has advanced in ways I never thought possible”

Tell us about your business- We are manufactures, distributors and installers of uniquely designed/innovative Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (T.G.S.I.’s) and stair nosings. Why did you choose to be a part of GROW Gippsland?We designed and manufactured in Gippsland a world first self-cleaning, hard wearing large format Tactile of which we are very proud. What are…

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LATROBE VALLEY BUS LINES

Creating jobs and regional growth Latrobe Valley Bus Lines provide public transport services across Latrobe Valley and Gippsland from Trafalgar to Sale, and prides themselves as being a leading company for employment and growth in the region. The company sees the GROW Gippsland program as a great opportunity to identify strengths and opportunities for growth…

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Central Gippsland Health Service

CENTRAL GIPPSLAND HEALTH SERVICE

Supporting Aboriginal employment through healthcare traineeships Central Gippsland Health Service is dedicated to Aboriginal employment, work which is guided by their Aboriginal Employment Plan. The Service has run a traineeship program since 2013 which introduces Aboriginal employees to a career in public health. As part of this work, the Service has also developed strong relationships with…

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LATROBE REGIONAL HOSPITAL

Using local purchasing to create jobs for people with a disability As participants in the GROW program and a major purchaser in the Gippsland region, Latrobe Regional Hospital reviewed their purchase of goods and services to identify areas where they can have greater influence on benefiting local people, particularly those who experience barriers to employment….

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GIPPSLAND LINE UPGRADE

Supporting local jobs by buying local Rail Projects Victoria are working with the GROW Gippsland to maximise the impact of the $600 million Gippsland Line Upgrade project on local businesses, and supporting the use of local skills and inclusive employment. The first of the contracts as part of the Upgrade – for the cadastral surveying…

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