Western Distributor Guarantees Local Jobs And Skills

10 August 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian businesses and jobs with a minimum local content requirement for the construction of Melbourne's much needed second river crossing.

Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan today announced that the Western Distributor Project will have a minimum of 89 per cent local content.

This will include the design and construction of the tunnel, road works and elevated structures.

The project will also require 82 per cent local content in the supply and installation of the electronic Lane Use Management System, and constructors will be required to maximise the use of local steel.

Young Victorians will get more opportunities for local jobs with at least 10 percent of the hours worked on the project to be provided by Victorian apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets.

Victorian businesses big and small are encouraged to register their interest to benefit from the significant boost to the Victorian economy.

Suppliers will be able to register their interest on the Industry Capability Network (ICN)’s website, at Link

Under the Victorian Industry Participation Policy, projects worth over $50 million have a minimum local content requirement to help boost industry and jobs.

There have already been over 30 projects with mandated local content requirements under the Andrews Labor Government, compared to only eight projects over four years under the previous Liberal government.

The Western Distributor will provide a vital second river crossing, take 6000 trucks off local streets and create 5600 jobs during construction.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan

“We’re creating 5,600 jobs during construction of the second river crossing and thousands more jobs for local businesses.”

“Both small and big businesses will benefit: from the suppliers of the concrete and steel needed for construction, right through to cleaning and catering companies to support the project’s staff facilities.”

“We're providing opportunities for construction apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets to work on Victoria's major projects.”

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