28/04/2020 - 15:38

NRW, Georgiou in running for $215m contract

28/04/2020 - 15:38

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Three Perth-based contractors are members of two consortia shortlisted to build the $215 million extension of the Mitchell Freeway from Clarkson to Alkimos. The state government announced today that local contractors BMD Constructions and Georgiou Group have been shortlisted.

Rita Saffioti says the freeway extension will take traffic off Marmion Avenue. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

Three Perth-based contractors are members of two consortia shortlisted to build the $215 million extension of the Mitchell Freeway from Clarkson to Alkimos.

The state government announced today that local contractors BMD Constructions and Georgiou Group have been shortlisted.

They will compete against ASX-listed NRW Holdings and WBHO Infrastructure.

The two consortia have been invited to submit proposals by July 2020, with construction expected to start later this year.

Notably, Georgiou, NRW and BMD are all members of Australian Owned Contractors, a lobby group seeking to secure more work for local firms on big projects.

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Alan Tudge, said the freeway extension would reduce congestion on the local road network, reduce travel times and improve safety.

“It’s part of a suite of major, job-creating transport infrastructure projects designed to support the expansion of Perth’s fast-growing outer northern suburbs,” he said.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the freeway extension would take traffic off Marmion Avenue and provide another travel option for residents in the northern suburbs.

“This is great news for northern suburbs residents and I’m pleased to see local WA companies involved in this project," she said.

“We are optimising planning to ensure the project connects into existing rail, road and cycling networks as well as the Metronet Yanchep rail extension.

“This project will create more than 1,200 jobs during the construction phase and is just one of our major infrastructure projects that will be essential in the post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments, with each contributing $107.5 million.

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