Winning tenders and winning jobs
ONE of the region's top construction companies is set to embark on a $5 million avalanche of major projects around the Fraser Coast.
In the coming months, the vast majority of this money will be recycled through the local economy in a welcome boost for builders and subcontractors.
Win Constructions will be working on four new projects, which involve everything from sports to indigenous care.
The first project is a new building for Cleanaway at Industrial Ave in Dundowran.
Cleanaway is the new company taking care of rubbish removal across the whole Fraser Coast.
This construction of a large steel shed of 1400sq m and associated car parking, driveways and hard-stand areas will be complete within four months, and is worth $1.3 million.
The second project is the Kal'ang Respite Centre at Denman's Camp Rd - a place to provide domestic assistance, transport, social support and centre-based respite for indigenous members of the Fraser Coast.
This construction of an architect-designed structure with varied cladding will be complete in five months and is worth $1.9 million.
The third project is the roof over the existing 25m pool at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre.
This construction of a steel structure is a design and construction contract for the Fraser Coast Regional Council, and is worth $400,000.
The last new project is for laboratory and engineering offices at Maryborough Sugar Factory.
This construction of a two-storey structure will be completed by end of April next year and is worth $1.4 million.
Win Constructions chief executive officer Daniel Poacher said the bulk of work for the combined $5 million worth of projects would stay local.
"Our policy is to use local suppliers and contractors wherever we can," he said.
Mr Poacher said there were certain items which simply could not be supplied on the Fraser Coast, such as a weighbridge for the Cleanaway job, but everything else would be sourced from the region.
He said it was not just local subbies and suppliers who would benefit from the rush of projects, with jobseekers also finding employment with Win itself.
"We have to employ people like site supervisers for each of the projects, so it is creating jobs for us as well as for builders and subcontractors," he said.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said it was great to see so much building activity across the region.
"There are a number of local companies who are doing well at present which augers well for the region," he said.
"And it is not just building works and construction companies which are benefiting.
"Even though I am frustrated when I am stopped by the traffic controllers on the many roadwork projects occurring around the region, I think of the benefits that will come from spending the $25 million in NDRRA funding to repair flood-damaged roads and the $21 million council will spend on road projects."
The economic boost to the region was huge, FCRC small business, manufacturing and service industry portfolio councillor Chris Loft said.
"All of these projects inject money into our economy through wages and materials," he said.
"The flow-on effects will be enormous."
Existing Win projects update
- St Helens School admin building - complete by Christmas
- Maryborough Hospital block H refurbishment- complete by December
- Maryborough Aquatic Centre - complete by November
- Caloundra Neighbourhood Centre - complete by November
- Xstrata flats in Glenden - complete by December