Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

New Tendering Process for State's Roadworks

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

New Tendering Process for State's Roadworks

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QUEENSLAND'S road and transport construction industry has received a much-needed boost after Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson announced changes to the tendering process by RoadTek.

Mr Emerson said in the past RoadTek had taken work from private operators to build government road and bridge projects, but that would no longer be the case under the new changes.

aIn the last decade under Labor, the price of construction works in Queensland has increased at a much quicker rate than the national average,a Mr Emerson said.

aAccording to ABS statistics, the cost to build roads and bridges in Queensland has increased by 77.8% since 1999 compared to a national increase of 69.1%.

aThe cause of the cost blow-out was the ridiculous situation under Labor where the government used RoadTek in areas of the state where it could have gone with private construction firms or local government that could have delivered better value for money.a

The Queensland Government will spend about $310 million on roads and transports infrastructure in south-east Queensland this financial year. …

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