Industry partners step closer to Woolgoolga to Ballina

Media Release

WT240/2014

21 November 2014

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

Three consortia have been shortlisted to tender for Australia's largest regional road project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the contract to deliver the final 155 kilometres of the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina has attracted global interest.

“Seven consortia submitted an expression of interest in September and October, and we have carefully selected the three strongest applicants,” Mr Truss said.

The three selected consortia include:

  • Pacific Complete, comprising CH2M Hill, Laing O'Rourke and Parsons Brinkerhoff;
  • the joint venture of Jacobs Group and Fulton Hogan; and
  • PacWay Delivery Partner Joint Venture, comprising Advisian, Aurecon, Mace and Seymour Whyte

“The three consortia are now in the final stage of choice, with the competitive tender starting today to further develop their proposals and commercial terms.

“We are looking to announce the successful industry partner early in 2015, and also expect major work to start next year.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade will have significant economic benefits for communities along the project length.

“This one upgrade alone is expected to directly provide around 2,500 jobs during construction, as well as a staggering 6,500 indirect jobs across the broader community,” Mr Gay said.

“The overall upgrade of the Pacific Highway is on track for completion by the end of the decade, with 60 per cent of the upgrade already completed.”

With work starting shortly on the Kundabung to Kempsey upgrade, around 103 kilometres of the Pacific Highway will be under construction, with the final 20 kilometres between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour currently being prepared for construction later this year.

New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services continue to prepare the Woolgoolga to Ballina section for construction, so that major work can start without delay after the tender process is completed.