Sunshine Coast Daily news article extract | 22 April 2019

MORE than 120 jobs will be supported by the renewal of road maintenance contracts on the Sunshine Coast.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey said Downer EDI Works was recently awarded the contract to maintain state-controlled roads in the Sunshine Coast region for the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

“Southeast Queensland is home to about 2595km of state-controlled roads and the management and maintenance of these roads across the region is no small job,” Mr Bailey said.

“The new contracts will run over an initial five years and sustain more than 120 jobs over that initial contract period.

“The Palaszczuk Government has a $46 billion infrastructure program that is supporting 38,000 jobs in this year alone.

“That’s helped us to create almost 185,000 jobs for the Queensland economy since January 2015.”

Mr Bailey said previous contracts were awarded in 2013, giving the Department of Transport and Main Roads an opportunity to learn from and build on innovations to deliver more improved services across southeast Queensland.

He said the renewed contracts would create a single point of contact for responsive maintenance works to ensure Main Roads reacted quickly to incidents to minimise road closures.

“The responsive maintenance contract has been awarded to RoadTek, which will specialise in technically difficult, hard-to-scope, high risk and short-lead-time maintenance activities.”

All contracts will initially run for five years.