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.
Stage Three of the $363.47 million Princes Highway West Duplication between Winchelsea and Colac is underway, with works recently starting on a section between Warncoort and Ballie Street in Colac East.
Roadworks have been completed on the $51.8 million new Mandurah Traffic Bridge with four lanes of traffic opening recently.
The Western Australian State Government will allocate $2 million to build a dual pathway in Tamala Conservation Park to connect Mindarie with Burns Beach.
Australia’s first Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI) has been opened on the Southport–Burleigh Road as part of the Queensland State Government’s $160 million Commonwealth Games roads upgrade program.
The construction tender for the new $26mil Palmerston Police Station has now been released, with companies able to bid for the contract over the next 8 weeks.