Re-design the North East Link to save Bulleen businesses

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The North East Link Authority plans to acquire over 100 local businesses in Bulleen to build the “Manningham Road interchange” as part of the North East Link development. These businesses support over 1000 jobs and supply the local community with a number of essential services.

We are appealing to the State Government and the North East Link Authority to re-design the Manningham Road interchange to completely eliminate the need for mass acquisition.

The Bulleen Industrial Zone, affectionately known as BIZ, is full of hardworking Australian’s who want a fair go. You can read some of our stories below:

David Monk, Managing Director, Swan Plastics Pty Ltd and Bulleen Industrial Zone Group Chair

We are Swan Plastics, a family business since 1957 – situated in Bulleen since 1976. We have worked hard to become arguably Australia’s largest manufacturer of Stationary for the Travel and Pharmacy Industries. Our products are supplied both locally and nationally. Our biggest concern is, if we are forced to re-locate the business, we will lose key staff due to increased travel time.

Michael Murphy, Director, Penguin Dry Cleaners

My father opened Penguin Dry Cleaners in 1947 and our family has now serviced the community for three generations. In fact, our factory hosted the local Catholic mass from 1960 until St Clement of Rome Catholic Primary was built in 1963. I suppose my greatest fear is that the current North East Link design will result in staff redundancies, hurting local families.

John and Lani Donohue, Owners, John Donohue Auto Repairs

After 30 years in Doncaster, increasing rents lead us on a six year search for an appropriate freehold. We are now well established in Bulleen and have four children to support, educate and feed. We fear that there are no appropriate locations to relocate to and that another relocation may jeopardize our client base. We just wish the State Government would show more compassion to the taxpaying, hardworking, small business owners of Bulleen.

To date we have received support from our community, our customers, our state member the Hon Matthew Guy, our federal member the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, Manningham Council and the Greens.

Daniel Andrews, please listen to us, our community and our supporters and re-design the North East Link to save Bulleen businesses and jobs.