The Civil Contractors Federation (SA Branch) met with the Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan today to voice its strong concerns over the awarding of the $10.5 million construction of the Penola Bypass to a firm based in Victoria
(Horsham). The Civil Contractors Federation says this is inconsistent with government rhetoric that publicly funded projects would be accessible to local South Australian civil construction contractors.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Federation Mrs Marie Paterson says, “It is difficult to believe that at a time when the state economy is in trouble, unemployment is on the rise and we have a seriously depressed local civil construction industry that the government would send South Australian taxpayers money over the border”.
“There are local South Australian civil construction companies capable of upgrading the Penola Bypass. We know that a number of these companies bid for this project”.
“The Minister assured the CCF today that any goods and services contracts above $110,000 required to meet the terms of the tender, would be sourced from local SA companies. We will be monitoring to ensure that it happens.”
“The South East economy is in serious trouble and would have responded well to the multi-million dollar investment ($10.5 million) that would have been delivered by keeping the project local.”
“Projects like the Penola Bypass are much needed to prevent the failure of further South Australian civil construction firms and to slow or stop the exodus of firms leaving the state.”
“We need the Government to be consistent in what it says and what it does and we have had that assurance from the Minister. In turn, we will be ensuring our members interests are protected by holding the government accountable on this and future projects,” Mrs Paterson said.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Marie Paterson, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Civil
Contractors Federation (SA Branch)