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Building the North East Link could jeopardise as many jobs as were lost in the devastating closure of Ford's manufacturing plants.
In just one patch of suburban Bulleen, more than 1200 jobs are at risk if the Andrews government forges ahead with plans to build the $15.8 billion road through the industrial area, the local council says.
About 1200 jobs were lost when Ford shut its Geelong and Broadmeadows plants.
Victoria's biggest-ever road project, the North East Link.CREDIT:NORTH EAST LINK AUTHORITY
The Bulleen Industrial Precinct which houses 110 businesses, including auto repair shops, dry cleaners and a large nursery, would be gone if a massive interchange for the road is built in the Manningham council area.
The North East Link authority is trying to find new locations for the businesses set to be removed.
But most, if not all of the businesses will likely be forced to move outside Manningham and possibly to the city’s fringe, due to the lack of industrial land.
Business owners are warning they may be forced to close, as their locale clientele would be lost.
John Donohue fears the business his father built will not survive if he is forced to move out of the area.CREDIT:EDDIE JIM
John Donohue, who runs the auto repair business his father started in 1970, said the business may not survive if he is forced to part with his customers.
"It’s a bit of a shame that after 50 years of trade that I should even have to contemplate that," Mr Donohue said.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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