Taking shape Di­rec­tor ex­cited about fu­ture of fa­cil­ity

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Simon Rup­pert

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.

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