Local contractors called to help build Parkes Bypass

Local contractors are being invited to attend a forum about how they can be part of the work to build the $187.2 million Parkes bypass.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the forum on Tuesday, 20 April would provide an opportunity for local contractors and suppliers to register their details and make contact with prospective head contractors.

“We’re encouraging local businesses and suppliers to attend the session, network with other prospective tenderers and ask any questions,” Mr McCormack said.

“You could operate a cleaning, photography, machinery parts, earthmoving or traffic control business and everything in between – there are so many opportunities to be involved.

“The Parkes Bypass project will support hundreds of jobs over the life of the project, providing a welcome boost to the local economy.

“Later this year a contract will be awarded to the successful head contractor with work on the main bypass road and bridge construction on track to start by the end of the year.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said keeping local jobs in local towns was an important part of the NSW Government’s commitment to build a safer, stronger regional NSW.

“We want to ensure the community is benefitting from the project before a single vehicle uses the bypass by linking local businesses employing qualified tradespeople with this game-changing road project,” Mr Toole said.

“When we invest in these massive infrastructure projects, our aim is to make sure that we are creating local jobs and local opportunities so the communities see the benefits sooner.

“The Parkes Bypass is not only going to deliver safer and better journeys for motorists on the Newell Highway by reducing travel time by up to 10 minutes and increase safety by removing more than 1200 trucks a day from local streets, but it’s also going to inject millions in economic activity into Parkes.”

The two-hour industry forum will be held on Tuesday, 20 April from 3pm to 5pm at the Parkes Golf Club.

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