Projects to boost cities

ALBURY’S economy is set for a major boost with work starting on the $30 million Novotel Hotel.

A workforce of 200 has begun construction on the hotel in Smollett Street, next door to the tax office.

More than 30 permanent jobs will be created when the 4.5-star hotel opens next year.

And there was good news on the other side of the river with the Mann shopping centre in Wodonga taking a big leap forward.

An amended planning permit was approved for the $65 million project yesterday.

The planned 16,000 square metre development includes a discount department store, supermarket and more than 40 speciality shops.

There’s a long road ahead on the Wodonga project, with confirmation of a major retailer and supermarket operator still the subject of commercial in confidence negotiations.

But it’s positive news in what are proving to be challenging times for regional Australia.

Both projects will create jobs locally and contribute significantly to our pulling power for tourist dollars.