PACIFIC Complete (Laing O'Rourke and Parsons Brinkerhoff) have been chosen as the preferred delivery partner for the 155 kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade - the final stretch in the full duplication of the highway from Hexham to the Queensland border.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said this is the first time the Delivery Partner Model had been used for a major Australian infrastructure project.
"Using a delivery partner is globally recognised as an innovative and effective way to get the best results for major infrastructure projects and has been used on large-scale projects such as the 2012 London Olympic Games," Mr Truss said.
"The model has been tailored to meet specific needs of the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of highway, combining the knowledge and expertise of government in areas such as engineering and planning with that of the private industry.
"Expressions of interest were sought last year, with three major consortia shortlisted for the final stages of the competitive process.
"Pacific Complete has been chosen as the preferred delivery partner for their design, building and management expertise, and will oversee the 155km upgrade."
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the delivery partner was expected to employ over 200 people and would establish their main office in Grafton, delivering great benefits to the local economy.
"During construction peak, 4000 people will work directly on this project, with a further 12,000 working indirectly on the upgrade," Mr Hogan said.
"Major construction materials suppliers all the way down to local businesses will enjoy the flow-on benefits of construction."
NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast Chris Gulaptis said that preliminary works had started between Woolgoolga and Ballina.
"Roads and Maritime Services have done an exemplary job in getting this project ready for the preferred delivery partner to take over, and have really steered the project in the right direction," Mr Gulaptis said.
"Our partnership with Pacific Complete will mean we can combine private industry expertise with the engineering knowledge within Roads and Maritime Services to innovatively reduce costs while delivering the best projects."
The Australian and NSW Governments have agreed to fund the construction of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade on an 80:20 funding split.
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