Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Gateway Upgrade North preferred tenderers announced

Media Release

WT225/2014

05 November 2014

Joint release with:

Scott Emerson

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Another milestone has been reached on the Gateway Upgrade North project with tenderers shortlisted for the motorway upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said three tenderers will now progress to the final stages for the $1 billion-plus project.

“Following a strong industry response to the Registration of Interest phase, we are pleased to announce Leighton Contractors, Lend Lease and NorthLink Joint Venture have been shortlisted,” Mr Truss said.

“What will now follow is a competitive and interactive evaluation process, which will lead to the selection of the successful tenderer by mid-2015.

“This tendering process has been designed to ensure the best value for money and the most innovative solutions for the upgrade, which will involve widening 11.3 kilometres of motorway from four to six lanes between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge.

“Works will also include upgrading the Nudgee Interchange and widening the Deagon Deviation to two lanes in each direction.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson said the project was moving forward with early works already underway as part of the Newman LNP Government's strong plan to deliver better infrastructure.

“The early works package, currently being undertaken by Fulton Hogan, is preparing the ground for the full upgrade,” Mr Emerson said.

“We are pleased with progress on the earthworks and drainage upgrades beside the existing Gateway Motorway, which are on schedule for completion mid-next year, weather permitting.”

“Transurban Queensland has been engaged to manage the delivery of the major works package for the project on behalf of the Queensland Government.

“This project will not only improve journey times for motorists, but also improve freight efficiency along the National Network.”

The Australian Government has committed $929.6 million to the Gateway Upgrade North project, in partnership with the Queensland Government which has committed $232.4 million.