$60m facility to create 400 jobs
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.