I'm pleased that tenders recently awarded to build the new State Emergency Services facility and for the resurfacing and extension of the Geraldton Airport runway to 2400m have resulted in a record $50 million investment in current infrastructure projects.
The award of these two tenders, along with the contracts to build the new Animal Management Facility and the nearly completed Beresford Foreshore Coastal Protection and Enhancement Project, are valued at $50 million and have all been awarded to locally based contractors who employ local people which will keep the money in the local economy. The City has also successfully secured more than $39 million in State and Federal Government grant funding for these projects which is ensuring critically important infrastructure for our community is not only being built, but their construction is 78% externally funded.
These projects have been providing a significant stimulus to the local economy for more than a year and will continue to do so during their construction and once they are completed.
The tender to construct the new SES building on Aeromedical Road near the airport has been awarded to Geraldton Building Services and Cabinets Pty Ltd. Construction of the $1.8 million project, which is 100% State Government funded, is scheduled to begin in October.
WBHO Infrastructure Geraldton branch has been awarded the tender to undertake the Geraldton Airport runway upgrade and extension. Construction on the $24 million project, which is jointly funded with the Federal Government Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) contributing $10 million, the State Government Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) $6.5 million and the City $7.5 million, is also scheduled to begin in October.