$60m fa­cil­ity to cre­ate 400 jobs

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

A $60m pre­cast con­crete man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity to be built in Be­nalla to sup­ply ma­jor Vic­to­rian in­fra­struc­ture projects will cre­ate 400 di­rect and in­di­rect jobs and pro­vide a mas­sive boost to the north east econ­omy.

The fa­cil­ity is to be built on the north side of Be­nalla on land sit­u­ated on the cor­ner of Mur­ray Rd and Yar­ra­wonga-Be­nalla Rd with con­struc­tion ex­pected to start next month.

The mas­sive fa­cil­ity will be the big­gest since ADI built its mu­ni­tions plan in 1996 down the road and will di­rectly em­ploy 230 peo­ple.

Min­is­ter for Roads Luke Don­nel­lan joined mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes to an­nounce the site for the $60 mil­lion fa­cil­ity last week.

“This will be the largest pre­cast fa­cil­ity in Vic­to­ria, cre­at­ing hun­dreds of new jobs and pro­vid­ing a mas­sive boost to Vic­to­ria’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor,” Mr Don­nel­lan said.

“We’re mak­ing sure that all of Vic­to­ria can share the op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated by our mas­sive pro­gram of ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment.”

The mas­sive fac­tory will be op­er­ated by lo- cal busi­nesses and will sup­ply pre­cast con­crete for ma­jor projects in­clud­ing the new West Gate Tun­nel.

The fa­cil­ity will be ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing up to 1,500 tonnes of con­crete prod­uct per day at peak ca­pac­ity.

Be­nalla’s ac­cess to road and rail in­fra­struc­ture means the fa­cil­ity is well placed to sup­ply fu­ture Vic­to­rian and in­ter­state projects, cre­at­ing on­go­ing eco­nomic ben­e­fits to Be­nalla and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

To limit the num­ber of trucks on lo­cal roads, the pre­cast con­crete seg­ments for the West Gate Tun­nel Project will be trans­ported to Mel­bourne by freight train.

A new 700 me­tre rail sid­ing will be built along the ex­ist­ing rail line in Be­nalla to pro­vide a di­rect link be­tween the pre­cast fa­cil­ity and Mel­bourne.

The West Gate Tun­nel Project will pro­vide an es­ti­mated $11 bil­lion boost to the Vic­to­rian econ­omy, cre­at­ing 6,000 new jobs.

Con­struc­tion of the Be­nalla pre­cast fa­cil­ity is due to com­mence in March 2018, and it will be fully op­er­a­tional from Oc­to­ber 2018.

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