Lo­cals get to work on sta­dium

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - DOMANII CAMERON domanii. cameron@ news. com. au

TWO Townsville busi­nesses will be the first con­trac­tors on the grounds of the city’s new sta­dium, with the project run­ning ahead of sched­ule.

Sur­vey­ors Bra­zier Motti will be on site for the first time to­day af­ter man­ag­ing con­trac­tor Wat­pac awarded the com­pany the con­tract to un­der­take an as­sess­ment of the sta­dium land and sur­round­ing area.

Ad­van­tage Signs will de­sign, man­u­fac­ture and in­stall printed graphic shade­cloth to the sta­dium site’s fenc­ing.

Fed­eral As­sis­tant Cities Min­is­ter An­gus Tay­lor, who will visit the site with the com­pa­nies this morn­ing, said lo­cal jobs were start­ing to flow.

TWO Townsville busi­nesses will be the first con­trac­tors to be­gin work on the site of the city’s new sta­dium, with the project ahead of sched­ule.

Sur­vey­ors Bra­zier Motti will be on site for the first time to­day af­ter man­ag­ing con­trac­tor Wat­pac awarded the com­pany the con­tract to un­der­take an as­sess­ment of the sta­dium land and ad­join­ing ar­eas.

Ad­van­tage Signs will de­sign, man­u­fac­ture and in­stall printed graphic shade cloth to the sta­dium site’s fenc­ing.

Wat­pac is ahead of sched­ule in hav­ing al­ready awarded the first two trade pack­ages.

Fed­eral As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Cities An­gus Tay­lor, who will visit the site with the com­pa­nies this morn­ing, said lo­cal jobs were start­ing to flow.

“We ex­pect to see around 2000 peo­ple em­ployed on site dur­ing con­struc­tion and 80 per cent of the project fund­ing flow to lo­cal busi­nesses un­der Wat­pac’s plans for lo­cal pro­cure­ment,” he said.

“As this build takes shape in the heart of the city, it will be an im­por­tant sig­nal to the com­mu­nity that the City Deal is boost­ing lo­cal em­ploy­ment and grow­ing Townsville’s econ­omy.”

State Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr An­thony Lyn­ham said the start of on- site work was a mile­stone for lo­cal peo­ple.

“The work will take two weeks and sup­port 15 jobs,” he said. “Bra­zier Motti is con­duct­ing a di­lap­i­da­tion sur­vey of the site and ad­join­ing ar­eas, in­clud­ing a low- level drone fly­over of the man­grove verge and river bed and video con­di­tion re­port of the ex­ist­ing stormwa­ter in­fras­truc­ture, which will take one week and sup­port 10 jobs.”

Mayor Jenny Hill said it was great to see that sta­dium works were al­ready de­liv­er­ing jobs to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“I am re­ally happy to see lo­cal firms get this kind of work, as they should, be­cause we have the ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence right here in Townsville,” she said.

“I’ve been fight­ing to get Tier 1 con­tracts like these to em­ploy more lo­cal busi­nesses and more of the lo­cal work­force, so this is a great re­sult and I look for­ward to more lo­cals get­ting work out of the sta­dium con­struc­tion.”

The CBD sta­dium is be­ing built as part of the Townsville City Deal agree­ment signed be­tween the three tiers of gov­ern­ment last year.

The first sod is ex­pected to be turned in Septem­ber.

I AM RE­ALLY HAPPY TO SEE LO­CAL FIRMS GET THIS KIND OF WORK, AS THEY SHOULD MAYOR JENNY HILL

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