News : EnergyAustralia Call Centre to Boost Jobs in Geelong
Feb 25, 2014 -- Geelong will have 300 new jobs created when EnergyAustralia opens a new national call centre in the city.
Premier Denis Napthine and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan announced the new full-time jobs.
Dr Napthine said the new jobs come after a co-investment between the government and Energy Australia, but he would not say how much money taxpayers had contributed.
"It not only brings 300 new jobs for Geelong, but also secures 500 existing jobs around the state," Dr Napthine said.
He said it was a "modest" government investment that would help with infrastructure and training.
Mr Ryan said the government had ongoing talks with EnergyAustralia to assist with the development of its business case.
EnergyAustralia executive manager Adrian Merrick said the State Government support helped in the company’s decision on where to open the new call centre.
"The Victorian Government collaborated closely with EnergyAustralia to develop a solution for us that included a Geelong location, a region that is reshaping its local economy with a greater emphasis on services," Mr Merrick said.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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