Making it easier to find work in Murtoa

Workers in Victoria’s wheat farming communities now have more chances to train for new jobs, after the Murtoa and District Neighbourhood House was opened.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project received $225,000 from the Government’s Drought Communities Programme because it would be running workshops for locals to gain new work skills.

“This project will help people train to find new jobs, which is important when the work they usually do is hit hard by drought,” Mr Chester said.

“It will also train locals so they can take advantage of the extra work that comes when the drought breaks, and more people are needed to produce wheat.”

“This project also created 16 jobs during construction. This is a fantastic project that will help the community get back on its feet.”

Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad, who joined the community for the celebrations, said the new facility includes administration office, community meeting spaces and an outside deck area.

“The new Neighbourhood House will become a major activity hub for the town, helping to promote learning and innovation opportunities within the region, including for local businesses and farmers,” Mr Broad said.

“The community will be able to use the facility for a range of activities, including workshops and training programs, as well as career services.”

Victorian Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said the facility would become the primary meeting space for the local Men’s Shed, children’s playgroups, and dance groups.

“Although the main users will be local residents, the Neighbourhood House will provide information for tourists and visitors to the area,” Ms Mikakos said.

“The facility will also provide office space for the local newspaper, the Murtoa and District Advertiser. It’s great to see this upgrade complete.”

This project was jointly funded by the Federal Government ($225,000), the Victorian State Government ($50,000), and the Murtoa and District Neighbourhood House ($145,609).

Source: Australian Government