The Morwell Innovation Centre was officially opened today with Alinta Energy also announcing it will establish its customer operations hub within the new state-of-the art building, creating more than 230 jobs for the Latrobe Valley.
Funded by the Victorian Government, the $17 million Morwell Innovation Centre is part of the Hi-Tech Precinct Gippsland, physically located at the corner of Monash Way and Princes Drive in Morwell, and virtually connecting throughout Gippsland and beyond.
Built to the highest environmental standards, key features of the new Centre include a 100-seat conference facility, commercial tenancies, and an innovation hub to promote creative thinking and practice.
The commitment from Alinta Energy to set up a principal operations hub for its retail business within the Centre builds on the company’s close community ties to Gippsland through its Loy Yang B Power Station.
The Innovation Centre is managed by Federation University, with researchers to work closely with energy experts from the private sector to develop potential energy solutions.
The Centre will also host educational programs like the new subsidised Gippsland-based Master of Business Administration program providing business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders the tools to overcome challenges in their own organisations such as help with marketing and networking.
The Centre will work with the adjacent Gippsland Tech School and TAFE Gippsland to ensure students have access to a broad range of opportunities and creating better pathways to higher education, research and industry.