The Weekly Advertiser Horsham

Employee hunt for humming village

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Historic Wimmera wine village Great Western is on the hunt for workers as plans for a major multi-million-dollar motel with restaurant and rooftop bar and precinct get underway.

Great Western Enterprise­s chief executive Bruce Ahchow confirmed the Western Highway town was looking for employees to meet a spike in economic growth and expansion.

“Five years ago we started business in Great Western and even with the impact of restrictio­ns of COVID-19, our businesses have continued to expand,” he said.

“We have some grand plans, we need staff to help our vision come to fruition.”

Great Western Enterprise­s is custodian of Seppelt Great Western and its historic undergroun­d cellars and function centre. It also owns and operates Great Western Hotel, Salingers café, Great Western General Store, Great Western Motel, Great Western Villas and Visit Great Western – Bus Line.

It is now in the process of working with architects and developers to establish the 80-room motel, which will join the rear of Salingers Café and provide the backbone to a planned Cubitt Street wine and food precinct.

“We always knew how special Great Western was,” Mr Ahchow said.

“Every local will tell you how special Great Western is, everyone who visits will tell you how special Great Western is. We just want to share it with as many people as we can. There is nowhere in Australia that can offer what this region has, but time and again, we have found lack of suitable accommodat­ion being one of the major aspects that holds back further growth. So, we have taken action.

“We have purchased land and are working with our architects, council and developers to bring our plans to reality.”

The business expects the project to take about a year to gain all necessary approvals and between four and five years to complete.

“This project is really exciting for the Grampians,” Mr Ahchow said.

“Currently, we notice a lot of our visitors are day-trippers, because they are unable to find accommodat­ion.

“We want them to stay another day, another two days, to take the time to truly explore our region and head home with stories to share with their friends, so their friends then visit.

“During the past few years with COVID-19 restrictio­ns on travel, the true value of the tourism dollar has been realised. This new developmen­t will also be able to host major conference­s, encouragin­g more people to stay in the region.”

Mr Ahchow said the project involved an ‘amazing, passionate team’.

“They all love Great Western as much as I do, but we now need more staff,” he said.

“Last summer was the busiest in the history of Seppelt Wines. We have never had more people head undergroun­d into the cellars and we have never poured more beer at the pub or cooked more meals.

“The Salinger kitchen garden was stripped of fresh produce every morning and delivered on a plate.

“We are on the search for baristas, chefs, cooks, sommeliers, tour guides, cleaners, wait staff, accredited bus drivers, front-of-house staff. If you are looking for work, we want to speak to you and see where we can fit you into our business.

“There are many career opportunit­ies available within the Great Western Enterprise­s team.

“We have full-time, part-time and casual positions available in Great Western, Ararat and Halls Gap.”

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