1300 MORE VICTORIAN JOBS AS WOOLWORTHS EXPANDS – NEW STORE FOR OAKLEIGH SOUTH

1300 MORE VICTORIAN JOBS AS WOOLWORTHS EXPANDS – NEW STORE FOR OAKLEIGH SOUTH

Posted on 25. Oct, 2010 in Clayton Update

Treasurer John Lenders today welcomed the approval of ten new Woolworths home improvement stores by the Planning Minister, Justin Madden, today as a welcome jobs boost.

Mr Lenders said not would the new stores offer Victoria’s consumers a wider range of options to meet their increasing demand for gardening, hardware and home improvement needs but he particularly welcomed the creation of 1300 more Victorian jobs.

“The Brumby Labor Government’s strong leadership is keeping our economy heading in the right direction and Victoria is generating more jobs than any other state,” Mr Lenders said.

“These new stores are great boost to Victoria’s rising jobs tally and will help ensure Victoria remains the economic engine room of the nation.

“Woolworth’s investment in Victoria is a strong vote of confidence in our economy. 

“This investment demonstrates that while much the rest of the world is still battling the economic aftershocks of the Global Financial Crisis Victoria’s economy is growing and we are creating jobs.”

Mr Lenders said construction was likely to start in the coming weeks with the stores scheduled to open in the second half of next year.

He said Victoria’s retail trade sector was the best performing in the nation with the Australian Bureau of Statistics reporting that Victoria’s retail trade sales grew by 5.8 per cent over the past year, the highest of any state and well above the 3.8 per cent growth recorded nationally.

“Victoria’s cash registers are ringing because we have created 116,300 new jobs over the past year – more than any other state,” Mr Lenders said.

Clayton MP Hong Lim welcomed the announcement of the  proposed new store near the corner of Warrigal and Centre Road Oakleigh South and said the developments would provide a $130 million boost to the Victorian economy and would create around 1,800 construction jobs.

“With the new Ikea / Harvey Norman complex taking shape on the corner of Princes Highway and Westall Road, both project are a jobs boost for our local area and indicates strong support from business of the State Government’s handling of the economy,” Mr Lim said.

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