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.
Major works are underway to rebuild a deteriorated section of the Princes Highway at Heywood, with the upgrade aiming to significantly improve the safety of motorists traveling along the Highway.
Minister for Housing Martin Foley has visited St Kilda’s City Gate Apartments to announce a new redevelopment project that will see the construction of 50 new units.
Funding has been announced that will see two sections of the York Merredin Road east of Perth upgraded in order to improve safety and help address a crash rate more than three times the state average.
The contract for the significant M1 and M3 upgrade between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale South has been announced, with early works on the congestion busting project already underway.
The Australian and Victorian governments will soon invest $50 million to make the Great Ocean Road safer and more reliable.