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    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    New $33.5m Aurukun development to focus on local jobs

    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    New $33.5m Aurukun development to focus on local jobs

    The Palaszczuk Government is calling on Far North Queensland businesses to tender for construction work in Aurukun, with today’s announcement of a $33.5 million strategic housing development program in the remote community.

    Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said not only would the project enhance the quality, safety and amenity of the homes for local residents and workers, it would also provide a significant boost to the local economy with two years of ongoing construction.

    “This project will build 27 houses and units for our frontline workers – teachers and police who are dedicated to improving outcomes for our remote communities,” Mr de Brenni said.

    “It will also build 17 social housing properties, including 6 accommodation units for seniors, to support older people to live in their own community as they age.”

    Mr de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government was determined to maximise training and employment opportunities for locals during the construction phase, scheduled to begin in June 2017.

    “We have chosen to carefully package a tender for a construction delivery program valued at over $33.5 million,” Mr de Brenni said.

    “The tender arrangements for this work will have a unique, ‘buy local, employ local’ arrangement.

    “Building companies who participate in programs that deliver local indigenous employment outcomes will be preferred to win the work.

    “Our commitment to service delivery in every corner of this state will create a legacy of better health outcomes, education delivery, community safety and most importantly the dignity of work.

    “No one knows better how to build a community than the people who live there. So we have worked with the community to plan this project, to ensure we deliver the outcomes this community needs.”

    Firms wishing to qualify for Government building and construction work and to identify open tenders are encouraged to log onto www.qld.gov.au/gov/building-services or speak with Building and Asset Services on 3008 3392.

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