Cross River Rail Minister Kate Jones announced today more than 200 companies across South East Queensland had already secured Cross River Rail contracts with hundreds more sub-contractor opportunities still up for grabs.
“Cross River Rail will create thousands of construction jobs over the next five years,” she said.
“We’re working hard to make sure that local subbies and workers benefit from the biggest infrastructure project in Queensland’s history.
“Today’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“We’ve already seen iconic Queensland company, Wagners awarded a $40 million contract to supply precast concrete segments and we want companies asking themselves ‘could we be the next ones to win?’
“We’re unashamedly putting Queensland companies first. The numbers here tell the story of us delivering on our commitment to make sure the benefits go to Queenslanders first and foremost.”
Ms Jones today met with Multhana Property Services, a proud indigenous company from Eight Mile Plains, contracted to deliver cleaning and maintenance services at Cross River Rail project worksites.
“Multhana is a great example of a proud Queensland company benefiting from Cross River Rail,” she said.
“They’re doing a great job and already have eight staff working on the project, with that number set to grow as more worksites are established.”
Ms Jones said another wave of sub-contractor opportunities related to the tunnels and stations works package would be released by the project’s major contractor in coming weeks.
The Minister revealed a new website would go live tomorrow for companies to register their interest to apply for contracts.
“This will be the one stop shop for anyone who wants to work on Cross River Rail,” she said.
“If you’re a local subby with the right expertise, we want you to apply to work on the biggest project in Queensland’s history.”
The Minister made the announcement while inspecting construction on Cross River Rail’s huge Woolloongabba worksite.
Progress to date includes:
- More than 140 piles have already been sunk into the site to stabilise the station box during excavation
- Excavation has already hit a depth of approximately five metres with another 27m to go before the station box base level is reached; and
- Eight of the 132 piles have been sunk for the temporary ramp that the massive tunnel boring machines will use to access the tunnel site
“Anyone driving past can see we’re making great progress,” said Ms Jones.
“Construction will ramp up in 2020 and locals will see more workers on Cross River Rail sites throughout the city.”
Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for Cross River Rail
The Honourable Kate Jones