Feb 07, 2020

Local opportunities aplenty as $125m contract awarded

Local opportunities aplenty as $125m contract awarded

A joint venture between Downer EDI and FK Gardner and Sons has been awarded a $125 million contract to deliver the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) Remediation Project in Central Queensland.

Construction is expected to start in May, delivering hundreds of jobs and $70 million worth of opportunities for local businesses.

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the project’s construction workforce would peak at 220 people.

She said 59 subcontractor trade packages totalling more than $70 million would be offered to local industry over the life of the project.

“Downer/FKG JV has also pledged that at least three per cent of the workforce will be made up of Indigenous Australians, with two per cent of the contract price to be subcontracted to Indigenous Enterprises,” Ms Landry said.

“We’re ensuring – through our Government’s defence procurement policies – that it is always the local community that benefits from major projects like these.”

Downer/FKG JV will aim for 80 per cent of the total subcontractor trade packages to go to businesses in and around the regional centres of Mackay, Gladstone, Emerald and Rockhampton.

Shoalwater Bay Training Area, about 80km north of Rockhampton, is the Australian Defence Force’s primary area to conduct large-scale, joint-force military training exercises, including Exercise Talisman Sabre.

The remediation project includes an upgraded training facility, field hospital site, campsite and airfield and the remediation of internal roads, creek crossings and a beach landing site.

Downer/FKG JV was previously engaged to develop the project’s design.

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