Hundreds of new jobs are on the way to Geelong after the State Government today (16 February 2016) announced Quintessential Equity as the winning bidder to build WorkSafe Victoria’s new headquarters.
The new 14-storey head office will house more than 700 WorkSafe workers and contractors above the historic Dalgety and Co building at 1 Malop St.
The cost of the development is estimated at $120 million and will achieve a 6-star green rating.
During its construction it will create 22 new full-time jobs and three new full-time apprentices, and support local suppliers and contractors.
WorkSafe’s move to Geelong is part of the State Government’s work to bring new jobs and industries to the region.
As part of a two-stage move from its current headquarters in Melbourne, more than 150 WorkSafe jobs, including insurance, health and safety, and support roles, will start in Geelong this year.
They will work in the TAC building at 60 Brougham St. The rest of head office is expected to move in 2018 when the development is complete.
The Minister for Finance, Robin Scott said: “The Victorian Government is working to create jobs and business opportunities in our largest regional city. The new WorkSafe headquarters will do just that.”
“Seven hundred new workers will give central Geelong a huge economic boost and contribute to this great community.
“This development will help Geelong grow its insurance and personal injury sector when it joins the Transport Accident Commission and the National Disability Insurance Agency.”
The Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens said: “This is an exciting development for an historic part of Geelong that will help the CBD become more vibrant and be a stunning modern addition to our streetscape.”
“I’m looking forward to welcoming more than seven hundred jobs to Geelong.”
Source: A state government media release