Toowoomba Second Range Crossing shortlist announced

Media Release

WT167/2014

10 September 2014

Joint release with:

Tim Nicholls

Queensland Treasurer

A shortlist of proponents selected to submit project proposals for the Toowoomba's Second Range Crossing has now been finalised, bringing the bypass project to an important milestone.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said three consortia have been selected to progress to the Request for Proposal stage of the $1.6 billion project.

“It's a pleasure to announce that, from a strong industry response to the Expressions of Interest proponents, Range Connect, RangeLink and Nexus have been shortlisted,” Mr Truss said.

“These consortia were chosen following their demonstrated capacity and capability to deliver on a project of this magnitude and recent relevant experience on various infrastructure projects.

“This marks yet another milestone in the long-awaited project's procurement, following more than two decades of talking, planning and scoping.”

Federal Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane said the Australian and Queensland governments will work with the private sector to deliver a world-class asset.

“We have a strong field of consortia and a healthy level of competition to reinforce innovation and value for money in the design, delivery, operation and maintenance of the road,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is the centrepiece of major economic development taking place in our region and it is welcome news for people across Toowoomba and the Darling Downs to know the preparations for construction are underway.”

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls said shortlisted proponents would be provided with Request For Proposal documentation in coming weeks, officially kicking off the interactive tender process.

“This project is expected to support more than 1,800 full time equivalent jobs during the three year construction phase, with the road expected to be operational from mid to late 2018,” Mr Nicholls said.

“Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is one of the State's highest infrastructure priorities, with $321.25 million allocated in the 2014–15 Budget.”

Range Connect, RangeLink and Nexus will now have until early 2015 to submit their detailed proposals for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing to the Government for evaluation, with the final proponent set to be announced soon after.

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