News Date: 17 May 2017
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has revealed that Vassallo Constructions Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to undertake works to relocate water mains for the Bruce Highway – Mackay Ring Road – Stage 1 project.
“We need to invest in our regions and the people who live there and the Mackay Ring Road upgrade will do just that. While it will help address capacity restrictions and road safety issues, it will also support local jobs and businesses – great news for the region,” Mr Chester said.
“It is going to be a central part of creating the transport networks the region needs to compete in a global market by creating better connections to the rest of Australia and beyond.”
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the Mackay Ring Road project was a major investment in the region’s road network and jobs pipeline.
“This is one of the largest infrastructure jobs the region has ever seen and this contract means more local companies can keep employing local workers. It will support an average of 600 jobs over its life which is a great outcome for the local community,” Mr Christensen said.
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the Queensland and Australian governments were getting on with delivering this project and delivering jobs for the region.
“The awarding of this contract means more local companies are employing local workers and are reaping the rewards of our commitment to local content and supporting job creation,” Ms Gilbert said.
Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said it was great to see local businesses already benefitting from this significant project.
“Local sub-contractors and workers have been undertaking other service relocation works for the project since September, and materials for these works have been purchased through local suppliers,” Mr Pearce said.
Construction is expected to commence mid-2017 and scheduled for completion by mid-2020, weather permitting.
The Andrews Labor Government has announced that important geotechnical investigations will start shortly within the Waterways estate wetlands to enable the project to progress to its next stage.
The final 20 girders needed to build the Warrell Creek bridge are now being put in place, bringing completion of the $380 million upgrade of the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway one step closer.
The Western Australian Government has completed works on 15 new overtaking lanes on Great Eastern Highway in the Goldfields region.
The community of Colac has celebrated the official opening of the Bluewater Leisure Centre which will aim to provide modern health and recreation facilities set to invigorate active lifestyles in the region.
A new road linking Main North Road to residential developments east of Gawler has been given the green light, paving the way for jobs and further investment in Adelaide’s north.