As Geelong’s largest and longest operating construction firms, Kane Constructions have recently signed up to a program to help disadvantaged job seekers throughout the region.
Kane have joined the G21 Region Opportunities for Work initiative (GROW), as works commence on the $37.5 million redevelopment of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC).
The redevelopment of the city’s premier theatre space will support more than 100 local jobs.
GROW encourages organisations to buy goods and services that contribute to the local community, and inject capital into businesses and not-for-profit enterprises in targeted suburbs.
Give Where You Live chief executive Bill Mithen said there were more than 70 local signatories to the GROW Compact.
“We are delighted that they will use their purchasing power to create jobs and opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds,” he said.
Lara MP John Eren said GROW was a collaborative effort to tackle unemployment.
“Local procurement is an important way to drive economic growth and job creation in our region.”
The GPAC upgrade will transform the 36-year-old centre with a new and accessible entrance, expanded facilities and new foyers, bars, rehearsal studios and creative spaces.