Job se­cu­rity promised

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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.

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