Labor plays cheap politics with Benalla jobs

07 February 2018

Labor’s claims that 400 jobs are on the line in Benalla because the Liberals and Nationals won’t support the West Gate Distributor Tunnel are blatantly false.

Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said the claims were another predictable lie and a cheap political stunt from the Labor Party.

“We will be going to the election with a full infrastructure agenda which the plant proposed by John Holland will be able to supply,” Ms Ryan said.

“We have already announced a $5.5 billion program of intersection removal works, a project which John Holland will undoubtedly bid for.

“Major infrastructure companies like John Holland regularly tender for government work. They do not build plants like these for one project.

“I think it is fantastic that John Holland have recognised the value of the skilled workforce Benalla can provide and the benefits we have been selling for years: namely that we have a fantastic connection to road and rail to deliver precast concrete for projects in regional Victoria, Melbourne and Sydney.

“The company’s decision to build here has nothing to do with Daniel Andrews and that is demonstrated by the fact that they have said – irrespective of the West Gate Distributor - there will be 300 ongoing jobs at the plant.

“It’s great the Daniel Andrews is suddenly concerned about jobs in our community after doing nothing for past three years but it is absolutely shameful that he and his cronies are willing to use them as a political football.”

“The fact is that the West Gate Distributor project does not deliver value for money for Victorian taxpayers. It is a secret deal that has been done behind closed doors with Transurban.

“The project never went to tender and is a sweetheart deal which allows Transurban to extend tolls on CityLink by another 20 years.”

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