Dec 05, 2019

Local jobs pledge as contractor named for $176m Cairns project

Local jobs pledge as contractor named for $176m Cairns project

Lendlease Building has been appointed managing contractor for the $176 million Cairns Convention Centre upgrade.

The project is expected to support about 570 full-time jobs, with the first phase of convention centre works to commence soon, including lift upgrades.

A planned closure period at the convention centre from May to October next year will allow for roof replacement, air-conditioning and amenities upgrades, and general refurbishment work.

The State Government said Lendlease was selected after putting forward a strong case to leverage their economic value for the region through local jobs.

“Lendlease has a team based in Cairns with a very strong record of delivering major government projects and our deal with them contractually requires them to engage local tradies on the opportunities to tender for convention centre works packages,” Member for Cairns Michael Healy said.

“I’d urge local tradies to make the most of this significant opportunity because ticking the right boxes when tendering for this project will help when tendering for other government work.

“While the expansion alone will support up to 570 jobs over the lifetime of the project, the flow on benefits will be far reaching with additional direct and indirect employment opportunities long into the future through hospitality, logistics, security and maintenance.

“This $176 million investment will also attract some 20,000 additional visitors to the Tropical North, injecting up to another $50 million into the local economy annually.”

Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the Queensland Government’s Best Practice Principles for government projects over $100 million would apply to the convention centre project. (More HERE)

“Lendlease Building Pty Limited will also evaluate trade package tenderers on workplace health and safety, the employment of apprentices and trainees, and their track record of paying employees fairly,” he said.

“Workers on major Queensland Government projects deserve the same pay, job security and safety conditions, no matter where they are working in our State.”

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