Neil Lethlean and Mary Carroll
Neil Lethlean and Mary Carroll Leighton Smith

Major CQ project contractors gather to talk tactics

WITH $3.5 billion worth of major projects on the way to CQ, it's critical to get the balance right when it comes to using the region's resources.

Projects begun or due to start in coming years include construction and upgrades in the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area, Capricornia Correctional Centre, Rookwood Weir, Clarke Creek Wind and Solar Project and Great Keppel Island Rejuvenation Project.

They also include road work such as the Bruce Highway Northern Access Upgrade, Capricorn Highway duplication between Rockhampton and Gracemere and the Rockhampton Ring Road project.

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LOCAL BOOST: These are some of the major projects for the CQ region.
LOCAL BOOST: These are some of the major projects for the CQ region. Capricorn Enterprise

Which was why economic development organisation Capricorn Enterprise, led by chief executive officer Mary Carroll, gathered representatives of seven major contractors yesterday at Frenchville Sports Club for a Regional Projects Meeting to discuss the region's big ticket projects.

"It came out of our major projects forum towards the end of last year where we had 200 people in the audience where our major contractors gave presentations on their projects,” Ms Carroll said.

Capricorn Enterprise's Economic Development Manager Neil Lethlean and Chief Executive Officer Mary Carroll discuss future challenges at the Regional Projects Meeting yesterday.
Capricorn Enterprise's Economic Development Manager Neil Lethlean and Chief Executive Officer Mary Carroll discuss future challenges at the Regional Projects Meeting yesterday. Leighton Smith

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"It was very obvious on that day, to the major contractors particularly, that a lot of our major projects here will be occurring at the same time.”

The contractors shared their critical timelines, scope of works, key milestones, and skills, training, procurement, materials, supply chain and primary industry needs.

Ms Carroll said she wanted to see the major contractors working cohesively to ensure the region could capitalise on these major projects over the next decade.

"All of (the projects) have 80 per cent local procurement requirements,” she said.

"So for this region to get the best benefit out of $3.5 billion worth of projects coming our way, we need to make sure that the major contractors can collectively work together, with us as the conduit, so that we can get the best bang for our buck.”

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Major CQ Projects

  • Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area ($1 billion)
  • Capricornia Correctional Centre ($241 million)
  • Rookwood Weir ($352 million)
  • Clarke Creek Wind and Solar Project ($800 million)
  • Great Keppel Island Rejuvenation Project ($25 million)
  • Bruce Highway Northern Access Upgrade ($121 million)
  • Capricorn Highway duplication between Rockhampton and Gracemere ($75 million)
  • Rockhampton Ring Road project ($1 billion)


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