LS Precast momentum building
From Page 1 ‘‘I don’t think I can remember a more important event in Benalla,’’ Ms Symes said.
‘‘I think if you ask people we haven’t seen this type of buzz in Benalla since Thales came. It’s been a long time coming.
‘‘There’s a buzz, there’s optimism, there's’s excitement about what this is going to do for the town, not only from people that are looking for jobs, but people who are running businesses here, too.
‘‘It’s also great for people that are investing in real estate, the flow-on effects for a small town such as Benalla are endless.
‘‘And to have someone like Ash Day, who’s local, being responsible for the employment and operation of the facility is a great coup.’’
Ms Symes said there were times she felt the West Gate Tunnel Project would be stopped, and she was concerned about the future of the facility proposed for Benalla.
‘‘When you don’t have the numbers in the upper house and you’ve got a Liberal party that was against the West Gate Tunnel Project, they got the Nats to vote with them, they got the Greens to vote with them and our project was in jeopardy,’’ Ms Symes said.
●‘‘It was only because of big industry in Melbourne. The transport companies, the industry companies, who said that they really needed the West Gate Tunnel to go ahead.
‘‘But also the outcry here in town was phenomenal. For someone who’s grown up in Benalla, you say hello to a lot of people walking down the street.
‘‘Very rarely do people come up to me and talk about work, but it was phenomenal.
‘‘People were coming out of the shops asking ‘What’s going on with the West Gate Tunnel? What’s going on? We need these jobs.
‘‘So I was concerned that they had the power to knock it off in the parliament. We started to hear some rumbling that they were going to give up, but until we got past that date in June and we knew they lost the ability to retract the planning approvals through the parliamentary process, it wasn’t until then that I was confident that we could go ahead.’’
Benalla Mayor Don Firth echoed Ms Symes sentiment and described the new facility as ‘‘the most important thing we’ve had happen for a long time.’’
‘‘Ashley tells me they’ve already had 60 people come through looking for work. It’s just spectacular,’’ Cr Firth said.
‘‘That means there’s been 60 locals come in and not only apply for a job, but potentially a career.
‘‘This is not just a four-year project. It will be for ongoing projects for years to come. Long enough for good, long careers for young and not-so-young people.’’
For more information or to apply for a job, you can either pop into the shop at 61 Carrier St or visit lsprecast.com.au
Boon: The precast concrete facility will have its own rail siding, which is currently under construction.
Proud: LS Precast managing director Ashley Day officially opened the company’s new pop-up shop at 61 Carrier St last week.