Major projects fast-tracked to support jobs during COVID-19

07 May 2020

The McGowan Government has approved new measures to streamline the process for the awarding of contracts for transport construction projects up to a value of $20 million, creating more opportunities for local businesses and protecting local jobs.

The new State-wide Construction Panel Contract will include buying rules, designed to minimise the costs of tendering for companies, and maximise the spread of work among small and medium sized contractors.

Expediting the delivery of road and maritime projects through the new Construction Panel will assist contractors to plan and program works, save time and costs, whilst helping give local businesses certainty and retain local workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Up to $140 million of transport projects will be expedited under the panel, saving jobs and protecting the future contracting capacity of local Western Australian businesses.

It is expected more than 1,000 local jobs across the 24 projects will be brought forward.

The panel arrangements will also be considered for use as future projects come online, to ensure quicker project delivery and provide more opportunities for small to medium sized contractors.

In addition, Main Roads is fast-tracking the tendering process for a number of large-scale road projects, worth $2.37 billion and estimated to create 13,000 jobs.

Projects include:

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"Major projects will be a key part of our economic recovery post the COVID-pandemic.

"It's important we do everything we can to support our local businesses, so they are in the best position to continue to employ West Australians.

"These works will not only support and save local jobs, they will also provide much needed upgrades on road sites across the State."

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

"We understand the devastating impacts COVID-19 has had on industry and are committed to working together to support local businesses and support local jobs.

"The proposed buying rules were underway prior to the current COVID-19 emergency, however given the current climate, they are being amended to further reduce tendering costs and provide more opportunities for local businesses to win Government contracts.

"This new panel will fast track major road and maritime infrastructure projects, worth up to $20 million, to support small and mid-tier businesses and save local jobs."

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