Council tender paves the way for JM Kelly
JM Kelly's Geoff Murphy says the council's construction industry stimulus package is just what the region needs to build a solid economic foundation.
The managing director said the package, announced yesterday by Mayor Margaret Strelow, left him feeling cautiously optimistic about the future.
Around $500,000 will be allocated for a private enterprise footpath program and $18 million worth of capital works are to be bought to tender within the next three months.
Many of the larger, key projects depend on funding from The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, and this is where Mr Murphy said he has his reservations.
"It is so encouraging to see them do this, we certainly will be applying for them wherever we can," he said.
"But unfortunately out of the $18 million we are still waiting on the word for funding for around $12 million of that.
"I just hope they sign off on these."
Cr Strelow said the intention was to ensure that local contractors were provided with immediate jobs, a move warmly welcomed by Mr Murphy.
"If we could get it it would help us enormously because things have been very slow since the cyclone," he said.
"The closing down of the mines and the lack of work has had an effect on all of us."