Western Distributer Project A Jobs Bonanza
The AWU Victorian Branch has welcomed the announcement of the $5.5 billion Western Distributor Project, which promises to create 5,600 jobs and deliver an overall benefit of $1.30 for every dollar invested.
AWU Victorian Secretary Ben Davis said road improvements would go where they were most needed, and came at a time when workers were crying out for projects to employ them.
“You could say this is an early Christmas present for our civil construction members who have suffered lean times through past state government inactivity,” Mr Davis said.
“The Western Distributor will be a vital part of keeping the city moving, and will provide long-term benefits to workers employed on it, to motorists who use it, and to business that so desperately needs it.”
The AWU would ask the State Government to ensure that steel, concrete and other materials were locally produced.
“This is a win-win situation, and we need to maximise the benefits for all Victorians.”