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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Government to boost transport construction industry

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    Government to boost transport construction industry

    The Newman Government will provide a significant boost to Queensland’s road and transport construction industry with changes to tendering by the state-owned RoadTek.

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson said the days of RoadTek taking work from private operators to build government road and bridge construction projects were over.

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

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

    “The 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.

    “The changes mean RoadTek will no longer take work away from private companies in major markets, such as South East Queensland.

    The Queensland Government will spend about $310 million on roads and transports infrastructure in South East Queensland this financial year.

    Mr Emerson said that RoadTek would still play an important role in regional and remote areas where its expertise and responsiveness would deliver when private firms were unable to do so – particularly during natural disasters.

    The Department of Transport and Main Roads will begin consultation with RoadTek’s 2500 staff and contractors, the construction industry and councils to deliver a better tendering process.

    “Not only will this deliver taxpayers value for money, it will support small and large businesses that are driving the Queensland economy and be an important part of the Newman Government’s drive to deliver four per cent unemployment within six years,” Mr Emerson said.

    “It is imperative that we reduce the $85 billion of debt left by Labor and find solutions that will deliver more for the same amount of money.”

    In the current financial year RoadTek will deliver about $1.1 billion in road and bridge construction, and transport systems, including about $340 million in joint Federal-State National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

    [ENDS] 13 June 2012

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