JOBS KICK OFF
VOW TO KEEP WORK LOCAL
THE involvement of local contractors in Townsville’s CBD stadium project appears to be growing despite it falling outside the State Government’s Buy Queensland policy.
State Development Minister Anthony Lynham yesterday said the policy would not apply to the project because contracts already had been let, but the plan for 80 per cent of the work to go to locals was “a model for what we want to achieve through Buy Queensland”.
About 58 per cent of suppliers expressing interest in work packages are from the North, double the response from earlier this year.
THIS IS A MODEL FOR WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE THROUGH BUY QUEENSLAND
THE involvement of local contractors in the $ 250 million Townsville CBD stadium development appears to be growing despite the project falling outside the State Government’s Buy Queensland procurement policy.
State Development Minister Anthony Lynham’s office yesterday confirmed the policy would not apply to the project because contracts for the stadium already had been let.
The policy, which redefines a local supplier as a business in Australia or New Zealand to one with a workforce within 125km of where goods or workers are needed, is set to apply from September 1.
Dr Lynham said in a statement that the Buy Queensland policy did not impact on contracts already executed.
However, he said Watpac had outlined a plan for more
than 80 per cent of hours spent building the stadium to be undertaken by locals and at least 80 per cent of the value of the project to be spent on local subcontractors and suppliers.
“This is a model for what we want to achieve through Buy Queensland,” Dr Lynham said.
“Already, all trade packages have been awarded to local companies. As I have said a number of times, the North Queensland Stadium will be built for North Queensland, by North Queensland.”
So far the award of five trade packages has been announced with all going to local companies. They are temporary fencing ( TFH Hire Servi- ces), shade cloth ( Advantage Signs), project survey ( Brazier Motti), dilapidation survey ( Brazier Motti) and demolition ( Markwell Demolitions).
Trade packages which have closed with award pending include civil earthworks and roadworks, traffic and pedestrian management and subcontractor amenities stage 1.
A total of 83 work packages are open for expressions of interest or awaiting an outcome.
It is understood Watpac has split work packages as much as possible to allow smaller firms to compete for work. They also look at business supply chains during assessment for tenders.
The managing contractor has achieved schematic design stage and is working to complete a detailed design by the end of the year. More work packages will be released as that design work is completed.
It is understood about 58 per cent of suppliers who have expressed interest in 83 work packages are from the North Queensland region, double the response from earlier this year.