Industry gathers to back legacy infrastructure in the bush

More than 200 industry stakeholders are in Dubbo today to for the first of three regional industry events to showcase the Liberal and Nationals record $19.4 billion investment in regional road and transport infrastructure. 

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said today was an opportunity to update the market on major projects specific to Western NSW.

“Our Government is securing a brighter future for families and businesses in Western NSW by building what matters to make daily life easier,” Mr Farraway said.

“A vital project we are delivering for the Central West is the Great Western Highway upgrade. Not only will this project transform travel for motorists and road freight operators, it will create 3,900 full time equivalent jobs during construction.

“Today’s event is crucial to proactively engage industry to help us deliver the kind of infrastructure that will better the lives of people in the bush.”

Minister for Western NSW and Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the projects being rolled out across the west is a jobs win for local contractors with the Government setting local and regional employment targets.

“We’re ensuring local workers have the opportunity to work on some of our legacy projects in their own backyard, like the New Dubbo Bridge, which has a minimum 20 per cent local employment target,” Mr Saunders said.

“Another great local example is the Mindyarra Maintenance Centre here in Dubbo where more than 50 Dubbo based businesses have been engaged on the project.

“Our regions are thriving at the moment; we’re building quality schools, hospitals and roads and that’s why we are seeing more people than ever before choosing to call regional NSW home.”

Following the event, all participants will be invited to provide feedback on Transport’s pipeline as well as suggestions relating to procurement and delivery of work. Visit the Transport infrastructure Industry Portal here

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