Strong sign of community interest in RangeLink bid team
More than 350 local business and community leaders, including Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio, came out to meet and network with the RangeLink consortium at an event at the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport last night.
RangeLink is one of three consortia shortlisted by the Queensland Government to provide a Proposal to deliver the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project.
RangeLink spokesperson Frederic Pergay said the event was a great success and provided a wonderful opportunity for suppliers, business and community leaders to meet the team before the submission of their bid to the Queensland Government in late February.
“The show of support from the community for the Project was overwhelming,” Mr Pergay said.
“It was also a nice opportunity to thank local businesses for their support to date. We are confident our bid will exceed the expectations of the Queensland Government and local councils. We sincerely believe our Proposal will provide long-term benefits for the entire community.” he said.
Bouygues Travaux Publics CEO Christian Gazaignes travelled from Paris to show his support for the RangeLink team.
“It was important for me to attend to demonstrate to the Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley and Western Downs communities that the completion of RangeLink’s Proposal for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is a key focus of our business,” he said.
“This project will become an international showcase project incorporating the best of global and local innovation. We are proud to be submitting a Proposal for a project that will be a catalyst for growth in this region.”
Fulton Hogan managing director Nick Miller explained due to the inclusion of local companies in the consortium, RangeLink will bring tangible benefits to the region if selected to deliver the Project.
“With our operations and workforces in the region, it is our commitment to provide full, fair and reasonable opportunities to regional businesses and suppliers in line with the Queensland Government’s requirements,” he said.
“If selected to deliver the Project, the direct and in-direct benefits RangeLink will bring to the local communities and businesses will be profound.”
Wagners Director Denis Wagner’s focus was ensuring community members understood local businesses will be involved for the 25-year operation, not just the delivery of the project, meaning growth for the region.
“Our consortium and Proposal have been structured so the local regions will be major beneficiaries throughout the entire lifecycle of this project,” Mr Wagner said.
After the success of the event, the team’s focus will return to finalising their Proposal.
Mr Pergay thanked all those who have been involved in the preparation of the RangeLink proposal and encouraged those who wish to participate but have not yet registered, to register their interest on the RangeLink website at www.rangelink.com.au.
“We truly understand what this project means for Toowoomba and Queensland and our Proposal will fully reflect this,” he said.
Proposals are due to the Queensland Government in late February.
The TSRC is a 41km bypass road to the north of Toowoomba. Once complete it will provide an alternate crossing of the range for commercial vehicles and link Brisbane, the Darling Downs and the Surat Basin. Construction is expected to commence in mid-2015 and will take three years complete.
It will be delivered according to the Queensland Government’s Charter for Local Content which includes providing opportunities to local suppliers and local specialist subcontractors.
The RangeLink consortium has been shortlisted by the Queensland Government to prepare a proposal to design, construct, operate and maintain the TSRC Project.
RangeLink comprises international expertise in the delivery of Public Private Partnerships, combined with extensive local resources. Both Bouygues and Meridiam bring significant international experience delivering similar large construction projects around the world.
Through our local participants, Wagners and Fulton Hogan, and associated local partners including Ostwald Bros and FKG, we also bring strong local expertise.