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Thursday, April 11, 2024

New business hub

With the backing of $3 million in State Government funding, Workspace Australia unveils its latest venture—a dynamic business hub in Castlemaine, poised to bolster enterprises spanning diverse industries. Last week, Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards, acting on behalf of Minister for Regional Development Gayle Tierney, paid a visit to the hub to mark its inauguration.

The establishment of this new hub has not only spurred the creation of 40 local jobs during its construction phase but also promises to generate an additional 80 employment opportunities once operational at full capacity. Central to its mission is the support of food manufacturing ventures, boasting purpose-built commercial kitchen spaces tailored to accommodate the craft food sector.

The hub offers space for up to 40 local businesses, with several already making it their base of operations, including the renowned ‘Pud For All Seasons’ pudding makers, alongside Woodley’s Pies and Electrologix, an electrical engineering firm.

Workspace Australia, a charitable organization dedicated to fostering training, employment, and business development prospects for individuals across Central Victoria, oversees the management of various hubs across the region, including locations in Bendigo, Donald, Dunolly, Eaglehawk, Gisborne, Kinglake, and Maldon. Their overarching goal is to enhance employment opportunities for socially disadvantaged individuals.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the venture, Ms. Edwards highlighted the significance of retaining a business incubator in Castlemaine, affirming Workspace Australia’s continued commitment to Northern Victoria. She anticipates witnessing the emergence of unique and exciting enterprises that will utilize this new facility, further enriching the business landscape of Castlemaine.

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