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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Moreton Bay Rail Link one step closer - JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Thursday, August 01, 2013

    Moreton Bay Rail Link one step closer - JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT

    One of south-east Queensland’s largest infrastructure projects is a step closer with the Moreton Bay Rail Link design and construction contract awarded to Thiess Contractors.

    Federal Member for Petrie Yvette D’Ath, Queensland Transport and Roads Minister Scott Emerson and Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland welcomed the announcement and said the construction phase would bring jobs and growth to the region.

    “More than 8,000 jobs will be created during the life of this project, which will drive sustainable development in one of Australia's fastest growing urban areas,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “The 12.6 kilometre Moreton Bay Rail Link will connect the Redcliffe Peninsula to Petrie via six new stations at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Mango Hill East (near Kinsellas Road East), Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.”

    Mr Emerson said major construction was expected to start in early 2014.

    “I give full credit to both Thiess Contractors and the Salini Winslow Bielby joint venture, the shortlisted tenderers, for investing so much time and creative expertise in coming up with solutions for the Moreton Bay Rail Link,” Mr Emerson said.

    Mayor Sutherland said the contract award followed delivery of the already completed Kinsellas Road East Bridge.

    “More than 100 years after it was first proposed the awarding of the construction contract demonstrates the Moreton Bay Rail Link is on its way and is undoubtedly the single biggest infrastructure investment in this region for a generation,” Mayor Sutherland said.

    The $1.147 billion required for the project is being provided jointly by the Federal Government ($742 million), Queensland Government ($300 million plus land) and Moreton Bay Regional Council ($105 million).

    Thursday, 1 August 2013

    Media Contacts

    For Mrs D’Ath:                                  Katie Lloyd                            0405 794 080

    For Mr Emerson:                              Andrew Berkman                  0429 128 637

    For Mayor Sutherland:                     Darren Roberts                     0488 404 856