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3rd May 2021

Contracts Awarded for Princes Highway Duplication

The Federal and Victorian Governments have awarded construction contracts for the final 43km of the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale in eastern Victoria.To provide more opportunities across the construction industry, the project will be delivered concurrently through a trio of construction partners including Laing O’Rourke, Whelans Group Investments and BildGroup.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the $253.3 million project would duplicate the remaining sections of the Princes Highway East at Flynn and Kilmany and will result in better connections and a safer road while supporting hundreds of jobs.“Ensuring the Princes Highway East is fully duplicated between Traralgon and Sale will not only mean significant safety benefits to the Gippsland community, but it will also increase the employment and connectivity of the region,” Mr McCormack said.“This project will create over 100 jobs and with flow on benefits for 160 workers in the civil construction industry.”Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, said the works, which include adding two additional lanes, creating two lanes in each direction with a centre median, will improve local road and private access to the highway.“Once complete, the project improvements will create a safer journey to around 15,000 motorists who use the road each day travelling between Traralgon and Sale,” Ms Allan said.“Construction will include strengthening of the existing highway, installing safety barriers, U-turn opportunities and upgrading six intersections including turn lanes.”State Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing, said the upgraded highway, which is a key link to a range of Gippsland tourist destinations including the snowfields and Gippsland Lakes, will mark a safer travel experience for holidaymakers and help recovery for the region’s tourism trade.“The final part of the upgrade will make travel safer for day-trippers and holidaymakers, helping the region to recover from the devastating bushfires, through a much-needed increase in tourism,” Ms Shing said.State Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett, said not only was it great to see the project a step closer to commencement, but it was also great to see the way the project would be delivered with more opportunities provided for local jobs.“Our new approach to delivering these projects not only means we see vital projects like this delivered sooner – but more opportunities for local construction companies to access the project, providing the opportunity to deliver more jobs at a time our community needs it most,” Ms Garrett said.The $253.3 million Princes Highway East – Complete the Duplication between Traralgon and Sale project is jointly funded, with the Federal Government committing $202.6 million and the Victorian Government $50.7 million.The full duplication between Traralgon and Sale project is anticipated to be complete by mid-2024.

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13th April 2021

Queen Victoria Market Construction Creates 400 Jobs

Up to 400 construction jobs will be created as part of an almost $40 million investment into delivering the next stage of the Queen Victoria Market’s revitalisation.The City of Melbourne will invest $35 million into building new Trader Shed and Northern Shed facilities on Queen Street with a further $4.5 million to be spent on a major refurbishment of the existing Food Court.​Lord Mayor Sally Capp said construction will employ around 400 workers, in addition to another 500 workers already building the Munro development and restoring the market’s heritage sheds.“These stages of the market renewal program will deliver 900 jobs for our city at a time when we need them most,” Capp said.“Businesses throughout the City of Melbourne have been hit hard by COVID and major projects such as the Queen Victoria Market renewal are critical to create local jobs and support our economic recovery.”

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12th February 2021

Victoria's West Gate Tunnel Delayed by Two Years

This week Transurban has told shareholders that the West Gate Tunnel is running two years behind schedule. The $6.7 billion project which was due for completion in time for the Victorian State Election in 2022, won't be complete until 2024.

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