Leighton Contractors was today announced as the contractor for phase two construction works on the Ord-East Kimberley expansion project.
The selection of Leighton contrasts with phase one of the Ord project, when the construction contract was awarded to the Moonamang Joint Venture, comprising Leighton Contractors and Indigenous Business Australia.
Regional development and lands minister Brendan Grylls said the state government was committed to working with MG Corporation (which represents the local indigenous population) to deliver the indigenous outcomes of the phase 2 contract.
“This project has always been about more than delivery of hard infrastructure, and all parties have put a significant amount of effort into developing goals and strategies that ensure indigenous employment and business opportunities,” he said.
“Already we have achieved the growth and establishment of some indigenous businesses and we are seeking to improve on that.”
The $146 million Royalties for Regions-funded contract involved construction and delivery of infrastructure including the irrigation channel extension; drainage channels and roads within the Goomig Farm Area; and included key measurable goals to maximise indigenous participation.
It is part of the larger $415 million expansion of the Ord River irrigation scheme, which was one of premier Colin Barnett's top infrastructure priorities when he won office three years ago.
LandCorp is currently seeking requests for proposal and expression of interest for 15,200 hectares of agricultural land.