AGL will fund two economic development roles – one at Gloucester Shire Council – to help attract new investment and facilitate beneficial economic opportunities for the local area.

A full-time economic development officer role will be based at Gloucester Shire Council with an aim to “promote local business development needs and opportunities for growth”. This role will be co-funded by both the Council and AGL.

AGL will also fund another full-time role of which the focus will be attracting economic investment to the broader region.

Both roles will prioritise opportunites for regional employment, strengthen the region’s industrial sector and support agricultural opportunities.

Julie Delvecchio, Head of Community Relations, said AGL worked closely with the council to developed a mutual agreement on the roles.

“AGL has its approvals for stage one of the Gloucester Gas Prioject and council has been understandably vocal on what our project means in terms of benefits for the local community,” Ms Delvecchio said.

“And we’ve listened. The roles AGL are funding will specifically look at ways to promote Gloucester as an attractive business location for new investment from commercial and industrial sectors.

“In addition, the roles will canvas potential uses for locally produced natural coal seam gas, electricity and water from AGL’s project.”

Both roles will be for two years and the part time community and economic development role and will be advertised in local media this month.

About AGL

AGL is one of Australia's leading integrated energy companies and largest ASX listed owner, operator and developer of renewable energy generation in the country. Drawing on over 175 years of experience, AGL operates retail and merchant energy businesses, power generation assets and an upstream gas portfolio. AGL has one of Australia's largest retail energy and dual fuel customer bases. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, landfill gas and biomass. AGL is taking action toward creating a sustainable energy future for our investors, communities and customers.