Mar 14, 2018

Contract news around the councils

Contract news around the councils

Paynter Dixon Queensland has won the tender to construct stage 1 of the Whitsunday Coast Airport terminal expansion project.

The $15 million terminal expansion is due to start in April, with completion expected by November.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said more than 20 local sub-contractors and suppliers had shared in a recent $25 million runway upgrade project and the winning terminal tenderer had promised to also utilise local contractors where possible.

“I am proud of our local buy policy which supports regional business and equates to creating jobs for locals,” he said.

“The terminal upgrade project and the runway upgrade will ensure vital airport infrastructure keeps pace with the forecast growth for the Whitsunday Region.

“I thank the Qld State Government for funding the $15 million terminal expansion project. Without their valuable support this project would not have been possible.”

The council’s long-term vision for Whitsunday Coast Airport would see it catering for international flights by long haul aircraft when the demand is there.

“There are a total of five stages of the rolling masterplan for development of the airport complex for the long term future,” Cr Willcox said.

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Cairns Regional Council plans to establish a purpose-built laboratory to provide advanced analytical testing of water samples, both for community consumption purposes and as a service to industry throughout far north Queensland.

The council’s Water and Waste Committee has recommended the contract be awarded to Keir Qld at a cost of $6.7 million.

The laboratory is expected to reduce the need for council to send samples away for specialised testing.

The new facility is due for completion in mid-2019.

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AECOM has been awarded a contract to undertake the Central Park and Dean St Carpark Concept Plan as part of the Townsville 2020 masterplan.

Townsville City Council said the concept plan would provide short, medium and long-term options for what could be built on the site such as arts and cultural facilities, commercial opportunities, improving public spaces and linking the North Queensland Stadium Precinct to the heart of the CBD.

The work will also examine the feasibility of building a new Concert Hall in Central Park.

Deputy Mayor and Planning and Development Committee chairman Cr Les Walker said the concept plan for Central Park was part of the council’s Townsville 2020 vision.

“Townsville 2020 is crucial to ensuring we get the best development outcomes right across our city,” Cr Walker said.

“It’s ensuring that we have the right facilities and infrastructure to create world-class experiences for locals and visitors.

“I’m really excited by the potential for what could happen on Central Park and council wants to make sure we deliver what the community wants.”

The concept plan is expected to be completed by July.

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Team Engineering Services are undertaking demolition work at Shute Harbour from this month after winning a $1.7 million contract from Whitsunday Regional Council.

The council’s marine facility at the harbour, near Airlie Beach, was damaged extensively during Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.

Restoration works to terminal buildings, jetties and pontoons will be taking place this year, with $22 million in joint funding received from the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

The council said a detailed design process for the restoration of the Shute Harbour marine facility would be released to the public by mid-2018.

It is expected the construction work will go to tender shortly afterwards, and the works will be completed by mid-2019.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said the restoration funding would make a huge difference to a region still struggling in the wake of cyclone damage.

“Shute Harbour has the potential to be both a major transit facility for industry and business, and an attractive recreation space for locals and visitors,” Mr Willcox said.

“The restoration works will bring this landmark facility back to full operation by mid-2019, and we are excited about exploring future development opportunities at the site once the facility is restored.”

 

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