Road in­vest­ment needed: Ryan

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The state gov­ern­ment is un­der pres­sure to in­vest in roads and in­fra­struc­ture around Be­nalla to sup­port the in­crease in ac­tiv­ity from the Lima South Pre­cast plant.

The gov­ern­ment has also been chal­lenged to en­sure jobs at the plant are pro­vided lo­cally first, be­fore peo­ple are brought in from fur­ther afield.

State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan re­cently raised the mat­ter in Par­lia­ment say­ing there was grow­ing con­cern in the com­mu­nity about jobs be­ing filled by peo­ple from out­side Be­nalla.

‘‘John Hol­land and CPB Con­trac­tors’ de­ci­sion to build this con­crete plant in Be­nalla is a fan­tas­tic in­vest­ment in the area,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘De­spite po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated claims to the con­trary, I have been sup­port­ive of the plant from day one and I have never voted against it.

‘‘At present, how­ever, there are some con­cerns that the gov­ern­ment is quick to claim the credit for John Hol­land and CPB Con­struc­tions’ de­ci­sion to con­struct the plant in Be­nalla.

‘‘But it has been slow to in­vest any of its own money to en­sure our com­mu­nity can deal with the in­crease in traf­fic and the move­ment of heavy trucks in and around Be­nalla that is a nat­u­ral re­sult of a ma­jor plant build of this kind.

‘‘In­ter­sec­tions like Be­nalla Yar­ra­wonga Rd and Mur­rays Rd and the Mid­land Hwy and Wil­liams Rd are a huge safety con­cern, par­tic­u­larly given the num­ber of trucks and heavy ve­hi­cles that will be pass­ing through every day.

‘‘Res­i­dents on Wil­liams Rd are also con­cerned about the con­di­tion of their road with some 140 trucks trav­el­ling be­tween the Mid­land and the Lima South quarry six days a week.

‘‘In­vest­ment is needed in our lo­cal roads to deal with the wear and tear from the in­crease of heavy ve­hi­cles.’’

Ms Ryan said there was also con­cern that jobs were not be­ing pri­ori­tised lo­cally.

‘‘New in­dus­try in Be­nalla should mean new jobs for Be­nalla,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘The gov­ern­ment should do ev­ery­thing it can to en­sure these jobs are made avail­able to in­ter­ested and hard-work­ing lo­cals first.’’

Steph Ryan

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