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Newcastle-based caravan sharing platform Camplify will establish a customer service base in the Upper Hunter

START-UP: The team behind Newcastle-based Camplify, from left, Tim Chaston, Justin Hales, Steve Norris and Kale Hook photographed in 2015. Picture: Dean Oswald Newcastle Herald
START-UP: The team behind Newcastle-based Camplify, from left, Tim Chaston, Justin Hales, Steve Norris and Kale Hook photographed in 2015. Picture: Dean Oswald Newcastle Herald

Camplify, an online Australian caravan sharing platform, will establish a customer service base in Muswellbrook after receiving a grant from the NSW Government's Regional Job Creation Fund.

Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell said the $100,000 grant will help the Newcastle-based company establish a customer service base in Australia for its domestic and international operations.

Mr Layzell said the Muswellbrook operation is set to create up to 10 jobs with Camplify, a digital platform which allows camper and caravan owners to rent their vehicles out for short term holidays.

"Camplify have opted to establish this Australian hub to meet the immediate needs of customers travelling around the country, including regional NSW, as opposed to using its existing customer service centre, based in the Philippines," Mr Layzell said.

"This new customer service hub will provide up to 10 job opportunities right here in the Hunter, employing locals with unrivalled local knowledge and advice, whilst also servicing the company's operations right across Australia."

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Paul Toole, said the state government's $130 million Regional Job Creation Fund (RJCF) is aiming to support the creation of more than 6,500 new direct jobs by providing incentives to companies to expand and keep operations in regional areas of NSW.

"Regional NSW is the engine room of the state and helping companies like Camplify expand its operations stimulates local and regional economies, boosts livelihoods and creates local employment opportunities," Mr Toole said.

"Providing businesses with the opportunity to fast track their growth plans and expand their operations means they can increase their production, attract more investment and create new jobs today, which is great news for the local economy.

"Setting businesses up for success helps the local community grow and new jobs mean more people earning a wage and spending their pay packets in local stores, cafés, restaurants and on local goods and services."

According to Regional NSW, the RJCF "supports regional investment and job creation by offering up to $10 million in co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries".

The focus of the RJCF is to co-fund projects creating at least five sustainable regional jobs in regional NSW.

Regional NSW said applicants must provide a minimum 50 per cent cash co-contribution to the project and the NSW Government contribution will be no more than $20,000 per new job created through the project.