JOBS KICK OFF

VOW TO KEEP WORK LO­CAL

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - TONY RAGGATT tony. raggatt@ news. com. au

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

ANTHONY LYN­HAM

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.

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