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  • 28 Jul 2020 7:23 PM | Anonymous

    The influential Civil Contractors Federation of SA (CCF SA) today welcomed the appointment of Mr. Corey Wingard as SA’s new Transport and Infrastructure Minister. 

    “We see this appointment as the opportunity for a refresh and review of the approach taken to transport and infrastructure projects in South Australia,” Civil Contractors Federation of SA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Phil Sutherland, said today.

    “As the peak body representing the companies and other businesses involved in most public and private construction projects in South Australia, the new Minister can be assured of our support and availability to him to provide high level industry guidance best able to inform his decision making.   

    “As the State’s civil engineering expertise lies within the membership of the Civil Contractors Federation, civil contractors of all sizes are ready, willing and available to work with Minister Wingard in building South Australia and supporting the pandemic recovery through public investment in infrastructure.  

    “We look forward to an early meeting with Minister Wingard to discuss the priority projects for South Australia, and how best these can be brought to fruition.

    “The CCF (SA) does call on the Minister to ensure industry has visibility on the pipeline of government projects so that companies can gear up to bring the Government’s vision for South Australia to a reality.

    “We are confident that the new Minister will see that a high sense of urgency is required in bringing government projects to the market during this difficult time in order to create jobs and provide economic stimulus.   

    “Doubtless Minister Wingard understands the proven job creating capacity and economic stimulus possible from public and private investment in transport and other infrastructure.”


  • 16 Jul 2020 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    A crucial section of the Augusta Highway - one of South Australia’s most critical road freight routes linking the State to vital interstate and overseas markets - needs to be urgently upgraded at a cost of more than $1.5 billion.

    The call has been made today by the influential Civil Contractors Federation of SA (CCF SA) in welcoming the public announcement by SA Labor Opposition Leader, Mr Peter Malinauskas, that the duplication of the Augusta Highway should be put forward by the SA Government as a project to be consideration for priority Federal funding by Infrastructure Australia.

    For years, the CCF (SA) has been calling on both the Federal and SA Governments to make the upgrade of National Highway A1 – between Port Wakefield and Port Augusta – the highest of priorities. Since 2015 that section of road has seen close to 400 traffic accidents resulting in 70 serious casualties and 30 fatalities. 

    “The road between Port Wakefield and Port Augusta is an absolute disgrace for a national highway, and well below the standard you expect in a first world economy,” Civil Contractors Federation of SA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Phil Sutherland, said today.

    “It beggars’ belief that this section of National Highway A1 - also called the Augusta Highway – remains in such a dilapidated state given its crucial link to the national road system,” he said.

    “Inexplicably, upgrading and duplicating this sub-standard section of highway – which forms part of a nationally significant freight corridor, and is integral to the National Freight and Supply Chain - does not even appear on the Infrastructure Australia’s Priority funding list.

    “A far better road will facilitate and encourage the growth of Whyalla and better support the Cultana Military Base at a time when National security warrants it.

    “It is fantastic to see the current upgrade to the bridge at Pt Augusta and cleaning up the traffic congestion at Pt Wakefield. Now is the ideal opportunity to build a modern road between those heavily trafficked two points. 

    National Highway A1 is a network of highways that circumnavigate Australia, joining all mainland state capitals. At a total length of about 14,500 km, it is among the longest national highways in the world.

    The section of highway between Port Wakefield and Port Augusta is a meagre two lane road – despite being a major transport and freight corridor connecting Adelaide to the north of South Australia and carrying a large and increasing volume of car and heavy transports, including military traffic, oversize combinations and mass vehicles in the B-Doubles, B-Triples and road train categories.

    The highway north of Port Wakefield is comprised of narrow bridges and a railway level crossing. The road surface condition features degraded road shoulders and verges, roughness and rutting of the road surface, and is generally a patchwork of bitumen showing regular repair and maintenance works.

    Mr Sutherland said when National Highway A1 was duplicated from Gepps Cross to Port Wakefield in the 1980s, that work stopped at Port Wakefield – meaning traffic progressing further north was restricted to single lanes either way.

    “Duplicating this section of the Highway between Port Wakefield and Port Augusta would not only give the public a long overdue, safe and seamless highway, but during the construction phase, we would also see the generation of much needed jobs and increased productivity to stimulate the State’s economy during the pandemic.”

    Mr Sutherland said due to its parlous state, that section of National Highway A1 is constraining SA’s productivity.

    He noted that more than 75% of non-bulk domestic freight is carried on roads, dominating freight movements between capital cities, including Adelaide. Truck traffic is predicted by Infrastructure Australia to increase nationally by 50% by 2030.

    “It’s no secret South Australia requires a stronger and more prosperous economy. Road infrastructure is one of the key pillars that supports that ambition,” Mr Sutherland said.

    “Upgrading this section of highway will tick many boxes including public safety, relieving road transport congestion, connecting regional communities, promoting tourism, creating new jobs and business opportunities and increasing productivity,” he said.        

    “Freight corridors in the eastern states are far superior to those in South Australia. It’s time the Federal Government joined with the SA Government and sorted out the Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Highway mess.

    “South Australia drags the chain when it comes to road infrastructure. We need to get on the front foot, be more visionary and deliver road infrastructure in a much timelier manner.” Mr Sutherland said.

  • 13 May 2020 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    The Civil Contractors Federation South Australia (CCF SA) says that Infrastructure SA’s (ISA) just released 20 Year Infrastructure Strategy provides a good summary of where SA finds itself in 2020 and where government attention is required going forward.

    The CCF (SA) noted however, its surprise that a much anticipated comprehensive list of prioritised infrastructure projects extending over 20 years to bolster the State’s economy and facilitate jobs growth – was not included in the Strategy’s key outcomes.

    To read the full release: 

    Release - ISA 20 Year State Infrastructure Strategy.pdf

  • 27 Feb 2020 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    The failure of any of South Australia’s worst roads to make this week’s Infrastructure Australia list of highest priority projects, and with that early Federal Government funding, has been slammed by the Civil Contractors Federation – South Australia as completely unacceptable and totally lamentable.

    Download the full media release below.

    Release - Infrastructure Australia slammed 2020 (002).pdf

  • 3 Dec 2019 11:48 AM | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    Click below to hear the latest audio of our advocacy work form our CEO, Phillip Sutherland, on ABC radio.

  • 26 Nov 2019 11:54 AM | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    The influential Civil Contractors Federation – South Australia (CCF SA) has today welcomed the Federal Opposition’s recently announced proposed infrastructure plan that would give councils an injection of funding to help turn around the nation’s economy.

    The plan would see small infrastructure grants made available to councils to improve their road networks, and in doing so, stimulate local economies and jobs growth.


  • 19 Nov 2019 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    The influential Civil Contractors Federation – South Australia (CCF SA) has today welcomed the Federal Opposition’s recently announced proposed infrastructure plan that would give councils an injection of funding to help turn around the nation’s economy.

    Infrastructure Grants for Councils fieold pr edits (002).pdf

  • 18 Nov 2019 11:59 AM | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    The powerful Civil Contractors Federation South Australia (CCF (SA) has come out today and welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister that there will be a $400 million boost to SA’s road funding including bringing major project work forward and safety upgrades to regional roads.

    The CCF (SA) has long campaigned for additional and timely Federal and State Government investment in the State’s road network. The Federation feared that funding for the few major road projects under construction was soon to be exhausted, resulting in job losses and economic stagnation. The Federation has also expressed concern that the work that was available, was slow coming to the market from SA’s Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure.


  • 1 Sep 2019 3:54 PM | Anonymous

    To read CCF SA's submission to Infrastructure SA 20yr Strategy, see the below link. We look forward to the Release of Infrastructure SA's 20yr Strategy in early 2020.


  • 25 Jul 2019 12:00 PM | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    SA Government turns its back on local Civil Construction sector by persisting with contract bundling – favouring interstate-overseas majors

    South Australia faces the prospect of its multi-billion dollar a year civil construction sector being relegated to little more than “sub-contractor status” on two pending major projects.

    At immediate risk is who wins control of building the $90 million duplication of the Port Wakefield Rd and the planned $160 million Joy Baluch Bridge at Port Augusta.

    The industry’s anger reached flash point this week when told the Government, despite an election commitment to disaggregate work, would “bundle” contracts for both projects into one single major contract.

    The sector says this will immediately favour a contract award to interstate contractors with national footprints, deeper pockets and international partners, at the expense of spreading the work across multiple local firms without such clout.

    This would relegate SA firms to little more than sub-contractor status on these key works and rob the State’s civil workforce of further building its expertise and experience.

    The industry’s voice, the Civil Contractors Federation (SA), (CCF (SA)), said today that despite several months of lobbying for a more equitable and SA business friendly contract award approach, SA Transport Minister, the Hon. Stephan Knoll, confirmed to the Federation this week “bundling” was here to stay.

    “If ignoring industry pleas on the land tax issues hasn’t been enough, one of the State’s biggest industry employers, and potentially a major economic driver, has been dealt a sickening blow by this Government,,” CCF (SA) Chief Executive, Mr Phil Sutherland said today.

    “The health of the infrastructure industry in SA is already under pressure yet it would appear its future matters less to this Government than adopting some allegedly risk-adverse approach of handing all responsibilities for these major build opportunities, to one provider.

    “This Minister is captive to his bureaucrats, and prepared to lock out South Australian firms with track records of high quality, on-time and on-budget infrastructure construction outcomes,” Mr Sutherland said.

    “With something like $11 billion worth of proposed SA civil projects alone on the books over the next decade, how will SA’s civil sector, under these regimes, control its destiny?

    “In any which way you look at it, it is a blatant slap in the face to numerous SA businesses from their own Government, and is unacceptable at every level.

    “We want to be a leading participant, not a by-stander, in our own construction backyard.”

    Mr Sutherland said the CCF (SA) called on the Government to immediately rescind its out-of-touch contractual approach, disaggregate the two pending contracts and bring fresh opportunity to the sector to build a stronger and higher skillset in this industry in SA.

    The CCF (SA)’s rallying cry comes barely a month after it called publicly on the Government to stimulate the sector by pressing the go button on ten “action now” projects.

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