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MARKETFORCE emerged as the big winner among those competing to do business with the Western Australian government, signing a $134 million advertising contract.

The three-year contract covers media buying for both campaign and non-campaign advertising for the whole of the WA Government.

Marketforce has held the campaign component of the contract since 1988 – when the government first switched to this type of media buying – and the non-campaign part since 1996.

The next highest WA Government contract went to CSC Australia and Kinetic IT for the supply of information and communication technology services to the WA Police Service. That contract was worth $52.9 million.

Unisys West secured a $23.7 million, three-year contract for the supply of information technology services on behalf of the Department of Land Administration.

Broad Construction won a $22.7 million contract to redevelop Mt Lawley Senior High School.

The Department of Education opted to spend $21 million over three years with the Ipex Information Technology Group for the supply of Microsoft licences, products and services.

Spicers Paper, National Office Products and Corporate Express Australia were chosen to supply office stationery, copy paper and envelopes to government departments for the next two years.

The Department of Education also spent $18.7 million on a one-year transport and storage of furniture and effects contract with Grace Worldwide Australia and Wridgways Australia Ltd/Allied Pickfords.

Agfa-Gevaert won a $17 million, 18-month contract to supply, install, commission and maintain a picture archiving communication system and a computerised radiographics system for the Princess Margaret, King Edward Memorial, Royal Perth (including the Shenton Park campus) and Sir Charles Gairdner hospitals.

The Department of Transport signed a $16.6 million contact with Licensys to manufacture, supply and deliver vehicle number plates for the next three years.

Lloyd Offshore Helicopters, trading as CHC Helicopters Australia won the $15 million, five-year contract to supply the WA Medical Rescue Helicopter Service for the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA.

The Western Australian Government Railways Commission spent $14.2 million on stage two of the construction of Kenwick Tunnel. John Holland won that contract.

Thrifty WA and Budget WA shared in the $13.2 million, five-year contract to supply short-term motor vehicle rental services to WA government agencies and other approved users.

In the Federal Government arena, Tenix-Saab won the $500 million contract for the Anzac Frigate upgrades that will be carried out in WA.

The bulk of another Federal Government contract – worth $553 million – to build new patrol boats for the Royal Australian Navy has been won by Austal Ships. It is in a joint venture with Defence Maritime Services.

In the private sphere, Lurgi picked up the $770 million design-and-build contract for GTL’s proposed Liquigaz Project on the Burrup Peninsula.

Transfield won the $250 million project to build the gas-fired peaking power plant for Western Power.

BGC Contracting has so far secured about $60 million of work on the $630 million Burrup Fertilisers project.

It won the initial siteworks contract and has since secured the contract to put in all of the concrete footings on the site, and another to lay the underground pipeworks.

Chicago Bridge, trading as CBI, has won the contract to install the ammonia tanks.

One of the big projects due to get off the ground last year, Alcoa’s Pinjarra Alumina Efficiency project, stalled due to environmental concerns.

However, another contract for the $160 million Alinta co-generation project, also at Pinjarra, was awarded to Mitsubishi Downer and Hatch.

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