Australia – Construction jobs to be central to Victoria’s post Covid-19 recovery
Construction will be key to helping Victoria recover from the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic, premier Daniel Andrews says. The Premier said on Monday big construction jobs across the state would become more important than ever. “These construction jobs have always been important to me, and now they are more important than ever for every single Victorian,” he said.
“We have the biggest construction program in the state’s history, and it will need to get bigger once this crisis is over as we push out of what is a really significant shock to our economy.” Mr Andrews said while the state had suffered “unavoidable damage” to the economy “construction will be a very big part to the recovery from the coronavirus crisis.”
It came as the Premier announced the early completion of the level crossing removal at the Toorak Rd and Monash Freeway interchange. The site is one of the most congested intersections in Melbourne, with about 37,000 vehicles travelling through it each day in normal periods.
The road will reopen to motorists today after crews worked around the clock for nine days to complete the project. The level crossing was the 35th to be removed under the Andrews government, with the Premier confident of hitting a government target of 50 level crossing removals by 2022.
Strict protocols are in place on all Major Transport Infrastructure Authority worksites to protect the health and safety of construction workers and the community. “Work looks a little different on our big build – with extra physical distancing precautions in place due to coronavirus, so we can protect our workers and protect their jobs,” Mr Andrews said.
Transport Infrastructure minister Jacinta Allan said the level crossing removal was one of several significant construction projects continuing across the state. They include the Metro Tunnel Project, the North East Link Project and the Regional Rail Revival program.
We anticipate government infrastructure projects will be high on the agenda for all states, territories and federal governments alike as a means to kick starting the economy when all of this is over.
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