Taking shape Director excited about future of facility
Benalla’s future is looking bright as Lima South Precast forge ahead with the development of the new concrete facility being built on Benalla-Yarrawonga Rd.
A pop-up shop has also been opened in Carrier St to provide the community with answers to any questions they might have as well as creating an employment hub where prospective employees can apply for a position.
LS Precast managing director Ashley Day said he was excited the controversy over the future of the West Gate Tunnel project is over and all the contracts are signed.
‘‘It’s a great position to be in, we’re excited all that’s past us,’’ Mr Day said. ‘‘It’s fantastic, it really is. ‘‘The shop has officially opened, the facility is well under construction and we hope to be pouring concrete later this year.
‘‘We’re looking at 400 local jobs, 300 within the facility and we expect at least 100 associated jobs in the cafe´s, shops and supermarkets, for example.’’
Construction at the site is moving ahead at pace.
The frame of one of three massive warehouses is already up and work on the rail siding has started.
The rail connection is one element that will give the facility the option to tender for jobs anywhere between Melbourne and Brisbane.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation gave a presentation to Benalla Rural City Council on Wednesday outlining plans to run double-stacked trains between Melbourne and Brisbane with a 24-hour delivery time.
‘‘It’s all added benefit. We plan on transporting a lot of the precast down to Melbourne on the train to keep the trucks off the road,’’ Mr Day said.
‘‘It’s fantastic. We’ll be able to not only use the facility for transporting the precast, but later on we’ll have our own rail siding and we’ll be able to invite freight companies and lots of different people to use that same facility.
‘‘Victoria is under a major infrastructure boom, so we’ll be tendering for any job that comes up needing precast.
‘‘We’ll be going for lots of different opportunities.
‘‘We have a solid strategy going forward. We’re hoping for, not only the next infrastructure job, but we’ll be looking to diversify between this and my other business LS Quarry.
‘‘With the rail siding and freight there should lots of opportunities out there.’’
A walk through the site shows the scale of the project, which is something State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes did on Monday.
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Thrilled: LS Precast managing director Ashley Day stands in front of one of three large warehouses being constructed at the new precast concrete facility in Benalla. And believe it or not, this structure will be the smallest of the three.