$15.8bn North East Link Project VIC to create over 10,000 jobs
By Contructive on 21 January 2020
As registrations open for the delivery of the $15.8 billion North East Link, thousands of jobs are set to be created for small and local businesses.
The North East Link will deliver the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network reducing travel time by about 35 minutes, carrying up to 135,000 vehicles per day and over 100,000 jobs and millions of dollars’ worth of contracts will be up for grabs. The Victorian Government is encouraging businesses to register their details now for contract opportunities as North East Link is built over the next eight years.
“North East Link is a huge project that will change how we move around our city forever – and we need all hands-on deck to build it”, Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said.
Some of the businesses being encouraged to register their interest and opportunities include:
- Building Trades
- Roof services
- Form workers
- Training providers
- Safety gear suppliers
- Heat services
- Mapping services
- Engineering design
- Office administration
3 consortia comprising of major construction companies Onelink, Spark and ViaNova have been shortlisted and the contract is expected to be awarded by the end of the year for the design and construction, likely to begin 2021.
Additional reskilling and training opportunities will be offered to businesses and employees in the Bulleen Industrial Precinct which are impacted by the project. Businesses closing or relocating will receive skill assessments, job support, training and development as part of an employment assistance strategy.
“We know that one of the biggest challenges for local businesses is breaking into new or expanding supply chains and that’s why we’re making sure there are opportunities for everyone to be part of North East Link”, Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Martin Pakula said.