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

Planning Minister Justin Madden and Member for Clayton Hong Lim today visited the site of a new large format Woolworths home improvement store in Oakleigh South which was given the go ahead on Monday, October 25.

Mr Madden said the new Woolworths store had the potential to inject $13 million and create up to 180 jobs during construction as well as up to 130 new retail jobs for the local community.

“This is great news for the Oakleigh South community and will provide greater retail choice as well as more job opportunities, which is great news for local families,” Mr Madden said.

“Melbourne‘s population is growing and changing so it is vital that we provide the services, amenity and retail choices for the community.

“The introduction of the Woolworths home improvement store will provide greater choice for consumers, as well as create employment opportunities close to where people live.”

Mr Madden said a future Brumby 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 60 per cent of all jobs created in Australia last year were here in Victoria,” Mr Madden 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 310 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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