A con­crete fu­ture

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

Work has started on a huge rail sid­ing to ser­vice the new pre­cast con­crete fa­cil­ity be­ing built in Be­nalla.

Roads and Road Safety Min­is­ter Luke Don­nel­lan joined State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes last week to visit the work­site, that will soon start pro­duc­ing pre­cast con­crete for the West Gate Tun­nel project.

A new 700 m sid­ing will be cre­ated from the ex­ist­ing rail line to pro­vide di­rect ac­cess to the pre­cast fa­cil­ity.

A sec­tion of new rail track will also be built — con­nected to the nearby freight line — so the con­crete seg­ments can be load- ed di­rectly from the pre­cast fa­cil­ity on to freight trains and trans­ported to Mel­bourne.

About 20 m of new track has been laid and the ex­ist­ing train line is be­ing up­graded ahead of the com­mis­sion­ing of the new sid­ing in late 2018.

Ms Symes said the con­crete fa­cil­ity was a ma­jor in­vest­ment in Be­nalla.

‘‘We are al­ready see­ing jobs be­ing cre­ated for lo­cal peo­ple with con­struc­tion well un­der way,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘This fa­cil­ity nearly didn’t hap­pen due to the Lib­eral and Na­tional par­ties’ op­po­si­tion to the project.

‘‘I’m proud that my home town of Be­nalla and peo­ple through­out the north east share in the ben­e­fits of the An­drew’s La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s West Gate Tun­nel.’’

Con­struc­tion is well un­der way on a new $60 mil­lion pre­cast con­crete fa­cil­ity in readi­ness for con­crete pro­duc­tion.

The fa­cil­ity will ini­tially pro­vide more than 65 000 con­crete prod­ucts for the West Gate Tun­nel Project.

Ex­ca­va­tors are lev­el­ling the site and the steel frames are go­ing up for the three large sheds to be built.

The pre­cast fa­cil­ity will in­clude a con­crete batch­ing plant, the large sheds for pre­cast con­crete pro­duc­tion, of­fices, pre­cast prod­uct stor­age, main­te­nance ar­eas, a pre­cast rail sid­ing and 300 car park­ing spa­ces for work­ers.

It will be the largest of its kind in Vic­to­ria, ca­pable of pro­duc­ing more than 1500 tonnes of con­crete prod­uct per day at peak ca­pac­ity.

The fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to cre­ate 400 jobs and aims to en­sure north­ern Vic­to­rian com­mu­ni­ties can ben­e­fit from the many op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated by the state’s boom­ing in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor.

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