Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall is encouraging local tradies, jobseekers and businesses interested in being involved on the $261 million upgrade of the Newell Highway between Narrabri and Moree to attend one of two upcoming employment drop-in sessions next week.
Thursday, 9 June 2022
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today encouraged tradies, jobseekers and businesses interested in being involved on the $261 million upgrade of the Newell Highway between Narrabri and Moree to attend one of two upcoming employment drop-in sessions next week.
Head contractor Fulton Hogan is spearheading contractor appointments and will meet with businesses at the Tourist Hotel in Narrabri on Wednesday, 15 June, and at the Max Centre Ballroom in Moree on Thursday, 16 June, both from 3pm to 6pm.
Mr Marshall said Fulton Hogan’s involvement was fantastic news for the local community, as so many relationships and industry contacts were already in place, following its completion of the Mungle Back Creek to Boggabilla upgrade last year.
“Fulton Hogan was successful in a competitive tender process to win the opportunity to lead construction and appointment of trades on the $261 million jointly funded project on the Newell Highway, set to start in coming weeks,” Mr Marshall said.
“These networking sessions will give industry the chance to talk directly to Fulton Hogan and Transport for NSW project teams about the suite of opportunities available as part of the main construction package of work.
“They will include everything from concrete and quarry products to electrical and plumbing services, catering, accommodation, truck and equipment hire, recruitment, waste management, PPE and clothing to cleaning.
“Fulton Hogan also has a plan in place for mentor-style training to help welcome new participants into the industry and take full advantage of the work opportunities and to upskill for the future.”
Mr Marshall added agencies and training organisations who supported Transport in maximising Indigenous participation and local employment would also be on hand to answer questions.
“Transport for NSW supports the inclusion of as many local suppliers and workers as possible to deliver the project to ensure we keep jobs and money in the regions,” he said.
“An Aboriginal Participation Plan has been developed for the project to meet the NSW Government’s requirements of at least 1.5 per cent of the contract value and the Australian Government’s target of 12 per cent of full-time positions to be undertaken by Indigenous employees.
“I fully support efforts to collaborate with industry and training providers to train up local people, to grow the local construction workforce and to leave a skills legacy that will endure far beyond the life of the upgrade program.”
In the Moree to Narrabri area, Indigenous people make up almost 17 per cent of the total population and 16 per cent of the working age population.
The Newell Highway heavy duty pavement upgrade forms part of the Australian and NSW governments’ $1.7 billion commitment to upgrading the longest highway with inland connections to both Victoria and Queensland to improve freight productivity as well as safety and connectivity for all road users.
The first stages of work are set to begin in July 2022, for an early 2026 completion.
More information can be found at https://nswroads.work/n2m