Townsville Enterprise (TEL) has urged local businesses to register on the Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway to make the most of major infrastructure projects statewide including the North Queensland Stadium.
The economic development group is employing a database compliance officer to assist local businesses with the registration process and maximise local outcomes.
The group said ICN Gateway would be the principal supplier database utilised by the managing contractor chosen to deliver the North Queensland Stadium.
It will also be referenced to identify local capability supportive of other major development activity across Queensland, including the Australia Singapore Military Training Initiative, Adani’s Carmichael Mine, Townsville’s Rail and Port Expansion Project, Cleveland Bay Water Treatment Facility upgrade, Jemena’s Northern Gas Pipeline, the Amrun bauxite project near Weipa, the Queen’s Wharf Casino Development in Brisbane and key infrastructure associated with the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Master Builders – North Queensland regional manager Melissa Coulter said local contractors would need to be proactive in order to take advantage of these business opportunities.
“Registration with the ICN Gateway is an essential first step for local contractors who wish to contribute to these major projects,” Ms Coulter said.
“The scope of work and compliance requirements associated with contributing to these types of major projects will not necessarily suit every business, requiring local entities to take the time to assess if these types of opportunities support their long-term business development objectives.”
Townsville Enterprise director – policy and investment Michael McMillan said local businesses registering on ICN Gateway would shoot to the top of the pecking-order, ahead of other companies who had not followed this process.
“Local participation on all future development projects is key, and we will do whatever it takes to ensure these employment opportunities are maximised and valuable project dollars stay in this region,” Mr McMillan said.
- To view work packages now open for the $250 million North Queensland Stadium project click here.