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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Early works underway for Cross River Rail

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Early works underway for Cross River Rail

    Early works are underway for the historic $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, fully funded by the Palaszczuk Government in the recent State Budget.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said construction activity at the site of the new Woolloongabba Station had started.

    “This is an important milestone as it marks the start of official works for this historic infrastructure project for Queensland,” the Premier said.

    “Over the next few months, Queenslanders will see activity ramp up with bore drilling, the demolition of the GoPrint site and the relocation of electrical substations.

    “Through our new Buy Queensland procurement policy we want to ensure a significant amount of work is done by local construction companies and local workers.

    “Tomorrow, more than 500 construction and engineering representatives will attend an industry briefing to learn more about the procurement process for Cross River Rail.”

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Jackie Trad said local construction companies had secured early works contracts.

    “I’m delighted that we’ve engaged local companies to undertake the early works at the GoPrint site – this includes Advanced Temporary Fencing in Yatala and SEQ based Arbor Operations,” Ms Trad said.

    “Cross River Rail creates 1500 jobs every year during construction and 3000 in the peak and we’re already seeing this project benefit local companies.

    “Geotechnical investigations are also about to start along the Cross River Rail corridor.

    “This project will ensure high frequency, turn up and go services for commuters with the major beneficiaries the outer regions like the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Redlands and Ipswich.

    “Cross River Rail is too important for the LNP’s petty political games. Tim Nicholls and the LNP have cancelled this project before and they can do it again.

    “Tim Nicholls needs to come clean to industry and to the community and make his position clear – will he cancel Cross River Rail for the second time?”

    The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will conduct an industry briefing tomorrow which will outline the procurement approach, details of major work packages, delivery strategy, commercial considerations and governance. It will be held at the Pullman Hotel, King George Square, Brisbane from 2:00pm, 30 August 2017.

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    Media contact: Anna Jabour 0429 890 942