The Nationals are risking jobs in Benalla by supporting the Liberal Party’s attempts to block the West Gate Tunnel.
This act of economic vandalism is supported by the Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Member for Euroa Steph Ryan, who is putting politics before the 400 jobs that would be created in her electorate as part of the project.
Benalla will be home to a $60 million factory that will supply precast concrete for major projects including the West Gate Tunnel.
The factory, which will be capable of producing up to 1,500 tonnes of concrete every day, will create 400 jobs in what will be a major economic boost for the town, neglected by the Nationals during their time in government.
The Liberals’ attempt to revoke the planning approval on a major project under construction is unprecedented, with more than 700 Victorians already working on the West Gate Tunnel project.
If the Liberals’ successfully revoke planning approval, work would cease immediately, and all those jobs would hang in the balance, including the jobs that would be created in Benalla.
The Andrews Labor Government won’t let the Liberals put these jobs at risk – this project is needed, and we’re getting on with it.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll
“Steph Ryan is putting politics before jobs – she needs to stand up to the Liberals and put people first.”
“This reckless move to stop the West Gate Tunnel is putting 400 jobs in Benalla on the line.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes
“Benalla and North East Victoria is set to benefit from Labor’s ambitious infrastructure program with hundreds of local jobs for local people.”
“Benalla businesses and residents have welcomed the news of 400 jobs and its disappointing that the Nationals are siding with the city centric Liberal Party instead of country people.”
“The Coalition has revealed they don’t believe it’s the Government’s role to create jobs, Labor disagrees and we are getting on with creating employment opportunities all across Victoria.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020