Media Release: 8th July 2020

The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) Victoria, welcomes the announcement made today by the State Government of a $2.2 billion “road construction blitz” as part of the suburban road upgrade program.

“Civil construction has an important role to play in driving Victoria’s social and economic recovery under COVID-19 restrictions and this Suburban Roads Upgrade targeted towards Tier 2, 3 and 4 companies, will greatly assist this sector create more jobs and build construction capacity and capability”, said John Kilgour, Chief Executive Officer, Civil Contractors Federation Victoria. 

Kilgour added, “the disaggregation of large projects where possible to create a sustainable pipleine of works for tier 2, 3 and 4 companies, and that the project allocation be spread across all jurisdictions to ensure widespread community benefits are realized from the stimulus spend, is applauded and has been a key advocacy platform to the State Government by the CCF.” 

Construction companies will now be pre-qualified following a tender process for work according to the scale and complexity of jobs, with work awarded based on past performance and value-for-money.  Twelve priority projects in Melbourne’s North and South East, worth $2.2 billion will be progressively awarded to pre-qualified companies under this approach.  The approach is modelled on the successful Level Crossing Removal Project, that delivers benefits for both local communities and industry, while providing certainty for the civil construction sector.

“It is important that the State Government maximises the capacity of the civil construction sector by bringing forward infrastructure spending and accelerating shovel ready projects across all civil sectors, including road, rail, bridges, utilities, drainage and telecommunications; to instill confidence, support all tiers of contractors and provide sustainable employment in these challenging times for over 40,000 civil construction workers in Victoria,” stated Kilgour. 

All media enquiries are to be directed to John Kilgour, CEO – CCF Victoria – call 1300 DIAL CCF

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