Expressions of Interest invited for Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade

Media Release

WT177/2014

19 September 2014

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

Expressions of interest have been invited for an industry partner to deliver the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said contracts were already in place to design and build the 105 kilometres of highway upgrade between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.

“Today's announcement is the next step in making sure the Pacific Highway is fully duplicated by the end of the decade,” Mr Truss said

“The construction of this section of highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina is expected to provide about 2,500 direct jobs and 6,500 indirect jobs in the broader community.”

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the Australian and NSW governments had provided funding to complete early work and planning.

“The successful applicant will partner with RMS to deliver the final 155 kilometres of the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina—Australia's largest regional road infrastructure project,” Mr Gay said.

“While the delivery partner is procured, Roads and Maritime will continue with key early work such as implementing approval conditions for the project, continuing with land acquisition, starting soft soil treatments and moving public utlities.”

Tenders have also been invited to build the 26 kilometre section between Woolgoolga and Glenugie.

More than 250 people from 110 companies attended an industry briefing in August to learn about key features of the project, expected challenges and overall delivery strategy.

A briefing for pre-registered companies will be held in coming weeks for those interested in submitting an expression of interest to oversee the project's delivery by 2020.

Companies will be invited to submit a proposal for the delivery partner role and a short list of applicants will then will be guided through a competitive process to further develop their proposal including commercial terms.

Roads and Maritime will progress to a formal agreement with the preferred participant with an announcement expected in early 2015.