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

    Local Queensland businesses called to share in $200 million school works program

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

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Local Queensland businesses called to share in $200 million school works program

    Local contractors have been called to register for government work ahead of tenders opening for projects under the Queensland Government’s $200 million Advancing Queensland Schools program.

    Speaking today at the first session in Brisbane, Member for Bulimba Di Farmer said a series of information sessions will be held in various locations across Queensland to let local businesses know how they can put their hand up for a share of the work on offer.

    “We’re putting the call-out to local businesses to come along to our sessions and learn how they can be a part of this pipeline of work that will make a real difference to local communities,” Ms Farmer said.

    “We’ve kicked off these state-wide sessions in Brisbane, and will then hold sessions at Kingaroy, Townsville, Maryborough, Chinchilla, Toowoomba, Mackay, Cairns and Rockhampton.”

    Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni estimated the project will deliver close to 100 projects and support over 500 jobs for local businesses.

    “Tenders will open progressively from next month, so businesses can make sure they’re considered for opportunities by registering as soon as possible,” Mr de Brenni said.

    “There are a wide range of works planned, so just about every trade will be required – painters, builders, concreters, roofers, electricians, plumbers and many more.”

    Mr de Brenni said by registering with our Building Asset Services team, they can also be provided opportunities to tender on other government building work outside of the program.

    “We currently also spend over $200 million each year repairing, upgrading or building public buildings and we need local businesses to deliver this work,” Mr de Brenni said.

    “Local work should be done by local businesses wherever possible, so I strongly encourage every local business to get in touch with Building and Asset Services and register.”

    Education Minister Kate Jones said more than 80 school communities would benefit from the Advancing Queensland Schools program.

    “A key priority of this infrastructure program is bringing forward more than $100 million to deliver new upgraded halls at 30 schools,” Ms Jones said.

    “In addition special education facilities in ten schools will be upgraded, nine schools will have administration building upgrades and shade structures and covered outdoor learning areas are planned at 25 schools.”

    For further information about the Building Asset Services (BAS) registration process, phone 3008 3319 or email Registrations@hpw.qld.gov.au.

    For further information about the Prequalification on the PQC registration for building suppliers and building consultants registration process, phone 1800 072 621 or email PQCRegistrar@hpw.qld.gov.au

    Sessions will be held at:

    • Kingaroy - 27 April at 3pm, BAS depot, 51 Prince Street
    • Townsville - 28 April at 2pm, BAS office, 9-15 Langton St Garbutt
    • Maryborough - 2 May at 10am, BAS office, 44 Ariadne Street
    • Chinchilla - 2 May at 2pm, Chinchilla RSL, 61 Heeney Street
    • Toowoomba - 3 May at 2pm, BAS office, 120-124 Mort Street
    • Mackay - 4 May at 2pm, Souths Leagues Club, 181 Milton Street
    • Cairns - 4 May at 9am, BAS office, 31 Grove Street
    • Rockhampton - 5 May at 2pm, Leichhardt Hotel, Cnr Bolsover and Denham Streets

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    Media contact: Tristan Douglas 0447 164 197