Construction is underway on a retail hub in Rupanyup, Victoria, employing around 35 tradespeople during the project.
The Rupanyup community was faced with the prospect of losing the town’s only supermarket and asked for support from the Victorian Government, which has invested $500,000 to build the Rupanyup Community Retail Hub.
Funding was provided through the Regional Infrastructure Fund, which is part of the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.
“We are making sure our regional communities have the infrastructure they need to thrive – attracting more people to live, work and invest in regional Victoria,” Regional Development Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said.
The supermarket will employ six full time equivalent staff once completed, offering employment opportunities to local people.
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Construction is on track to be completed by the end of the financial year.
The organisation behind the Rupanyup Community Retail Hub, Enterprise Rupanyup (ERup), has purchased additional land to further develop the precinct where the hub is being built.
Representatives from ERup are undertaking discussions to partner with a national supermarket brand to ensure the delivery of quality food supplies to the region.
“Rupanyup is a mighty town, with much to offer for both tourists and residents – it’s great to see the significant investment the community is making to enhance the livability of the region, and a full-service supermarket is a great place to start,” Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said.