Job security promised
The Nationals have promised that local businesses, such as LS Precast, will have the security of future work for the next decade if the Coalition are elected to government.
Shadow Roads and Infrastructure Minister David Hodgett joined Member for Euroa Steph Ryan at Lima South Quarry last week to announce that an elected Liberal Nationals government would change government procurement policy and tender processes to encourage participation of local regional businesses in local projects.
The work will come from the Liberal Nationals’ $19 billion plan to address regional rail and construct the East West and North East link.
Ms Ryan said the policy would see thousands of jobs created in regional Victoria in communities such as Benalla.
‘‘Labor MPs have played plenty of politics over these jobs, but won’t guarantee work to the plant beyond 2022,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘If the Liberals and Nationals are elected to government Benalla businesses like LS Precast concrete plant will receive enough government work to stay in operation for the next decade, underwriting local jobs.’’
Ms Ryan and Mr Hodgett also announced a commitment of $800 000 to upgrade Williams Rd at Lima South to cope with an increase in the number of quarry trucks.
‘‘Council have applied for funding from Labor to upgrade this road to deal with the increase in traffic that is expected from the quarry, but the government has not progressed it,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘We will provide $800 000 through our Country Roads and Bridges Fund to fix the road and improve the safety of the intersection with the Midland Hwy.’’
Mr Hodgett said the Coalition plan would guarantee local jobs for local projects.
‘‘We welcome the decision by a private company to create new jobs here in Benalla and if we are elected to government, there will be enough work to underwrite these jobs for the next decade,’’ Mr Hodgett said.
‘‘Labor has twisted a decision by the Liberals and Nationals to force the Premier to reveal details of the $5.5 billion contract with Transurban that he signed behind closed doors as us opposing the concrete plant.
‘‘We have never opposed the creation of local jobs or the construction of the concrete plant.
‘‘We do, however, believe that Victorians have the right to see the details of a $5.5 billion deal that never went to tender.
‘‘Unlike Daniel Andrews, who has failed to guarantee jobs at the plant beyond two years, our infrastructure program means Lima South will be able to tender for work long beyond the West Gate distributor project.
‘‘Too often, small and medium-size businesses in regional Victoria are locked out of government tenders, unable to bid against larger Melbournebased firms.
‘‘The Liberal Nationals will break down large regional infrastructure projects into smaller components, enabling regional businesses like LS Precast to tender in its own right, rather than just hope for subcontracting work.’’
Road funds: State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan joined Shadow Roads and Infrastructure Minister David Hodgett to make an announcement on procurement procedures and roads funding at Lima South Quarry last week. They are pictured with Lima South Precast managing director Ash Day and Acting Benalla Mayor Peter Davis.