LS Pre­cast mo­men­tum build­ing

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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 lspre­

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.

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