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Roads Australia Insider - 31 July 2020


Victoria launches major projects pipeline

The Victorian Government has launched a new online portal to provide greater visibility of the major project pipeline.

The Victorian Major Projects Pipeline highlights around 70 major projects, each with a value of $100 million and above, developed by the Office of Projects Victoria (OPV) alongside key project delivery agencies and contractors.

The online portal details estimated procurement and delivery timeframes to assist contractors and complements public information available on Victoria’s Big Build website.

Projects can be viewed by estimated value, region, project type and relevant delivery agency. The portal will be updated quarterly as new major projects are announced and budgeted.

The OPV provides independent advice to improve project delivery and ensure the full benefits of the State’s investments are realised for all Victorians.

WA Government throws $5.5b lifeline to drive COVID recovery

WA Premier Mark McGowan has this week unveiled details of WA's COVID Recovery Plan.

Developed in consultation with the State Recovery Advisory Group, the Plan outlines a $5.5 billion investment aimed at creating thousands of local jobs across construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, agriculture, mining and conservation.

As part of the plan, the Government will invest more than $60 million for 'shovel-ready' maintenance upgrades to vital State Government facilities. This includes improvements to disability access at train stations, refurbishments of WA Police stations and upgrades to Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Career Fire and Rescue Service stations.

The Government has also announced a $66.3 million renewable energy technology package to create jobs, reduce costs and improve WA's renewable energy footprint.

The WA Recovery Plan includes $2.77 billion in relief and stimulus measures already approved during the COVID-19 pandemic.


RFP launched for Melbourne road projects

Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) has issued a Request for Proposal as it looks to establish a construction supplier panel of contractors to deliver road projects over the next five years and beyond.

The RFP comes after the Government earlier this month scrapped the PPP process for two major suburban roadworks packages.

The $2.2 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade Program will now be delivered using a procurement approach modelled on the Level Crossing Removal Project to give local construction companies more opportunities to win contracts.

Twelve priority projects in Melbourne’s north and southeast will be progressively awarded to pre-qualified companies under this new approach.

The first four of these are included in Tranche 1a, with proposals requested by 31 August.

Proposals to be considered for the pre-qualified panel close on 13 August.

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