Pipe workers splurge

Euroa benefiting economically from gas pipe construction

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EXTENDED TRADING HOURS: Gas pipeline worker Cliff Sprowell shops locally in Euroa while he is stationed in the town for five months. PHOTO: Caroline Keenan

SHOPPERS in Euroa will have noticed a sea of flouro yellow work shirts when they’ve gone to buy their bread or café lattes.

The town is in the grip of a mini economic boom thanks to the influx of hundreds of workers who are stationed at the gas pipe site outside Euroa.

Almost 300 people are working on a project to construct a gas pipeline which will run 119 kilometres from Mangalore to Glenrowan
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Gas pipe worker Cliff Sprowell has booked a site at the caravan park for five months while he works on the project.

He said he’d been impressed with how the town had welcomed the workers and the enterprising spirit of locals to capitalise on their presence.

“A local girl put up a sign in Clifton Street offering to do washing for the workers. It’s great. I take my washing to her and get it back the next day,” Mr Sprowell said.

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