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Victorian Building Works package to benefit transport industry

  • Posted on Tuesday 19th, May 2020.

As part of its economic response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Victorian Government has announced $2.7 billion in additional expenditure to fund the activation of large and small shovel-ready projects around the state.

The Building Works projects will include a combination of investments in building new schools and renovating existing ones, along with upgrades to CFA and SES stations, disability accommodation, mental health, aged care facilities and other public infrastructure, creating up to 3700 new jobs.

As part of this new support package, $328 million has been allocated for resurfacing and patching roads, including 300 kilometres of regional rail improvements and repairs and maintenance across the transport network.

“The transport industry will benefit directly and indirectly through these projects with jobs in supply chains including manufacturing, logistics, transportation and warehousing,” said VTA CEO, Peter Anderson.

“As we all know, any time a new school, road, rail line is built, hundreds of truck movements are required to deliver construction materials, excavate soil and remove waste from sites, which translates into more work for transport operators and jobs in our sector.

“The VTA welcomes these new initiatives which will underpin the Victorian Government’s Economic Survival Package that was announced to help businesses get through the massive disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic," he said.

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