Posted on 09. Nov, 2010 in Clayton Update, Election Media Release

Planning Minister Justin Madden and Member for Clayton, Hong Lim, today visited the IKEA/Harvey Norman development site on Princes Highway, Springvale to inspect progress on construction of the $286 million homemaker centre.

Mr Madden said construction of the homemaker centre was progressing well with the development on track to be completed at the end of 2011.

“We know that people want job opportunities close to where they live and this development is expected to create 1,230 jobs for the area,” Mr Madden said.

“It will also provide greater retail choice for the community with the 72,000 square metre development set to house a number of homemaker style stores.”

Mr Madden said a future Brumby Labor Government had vowed to keep the jobs coming, with a pledge to create 300,000 new Victorian jobs over the next five years.

“Victoria is the nation’s job engine room, creating more than 100,000 jobs in the last financial year. More than half of all jobs created in Australia last year were here in Victoria,” he said.

“This did not happen by accident. It happened because Labor delivered the right economic policies to see the State through the global financial crisis and keep the jobs coming.”

Mr Lim said securing this retail development was a major boost to the Victorian economy and provided for future employment options in south east Melbourne.

“Melbourne is projected to grow by 1.26 million people over the next 20 years, so it’s vital that we have the jobs, services and local amenities to support the community,” Mr Lim said.

“This homemaker centre will bring more than 1200 jobs to our community, which will have a significant impact on the local economy.

“With an uncertain global economy, it is more important than ever that we keep the jobs coming to Victoria.”

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