Local content key for Cairns Convention Centre contract
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni released details of the tender last week, with local construction companies being given the opportunity to pitch to successfully deliver the $176 million project.
Mr de Brenni said that as part of delivering local benefits, the managing contractor would be required to show how local mum and dad businesses and tradies would engage in work packages.
“The managing contractor for the Cairns Convention Centre will be working according to our Best Practise Principles to ensure the benefits of this project are felt throughout the community,” he said.
“The managing contractor will also be evaluated on workplace and health and safety, the employment of apprentices and trainees and their track record of paying employees fairly.”
The first phase of convention centre works will be lift upgrades, which will take place progressively from November so that the facility can remain open and operational until May 2020.
There is a planned closure period of five months so that roof replacement, air-conditioning upgrades, amenities upgrades and general refurbishment work can take place.
Expansion works are scheduled for completion early in 2022.