Shortlist announced for North East Link
Three consortia have made it onto the shortlist to build North East Link’s twin road tunnels.
The bidders competing for the $7-9 billion major works contract as part of a Public Private Partnership are:
- OneLink - CPB Contractors, Samsung C&T Corporation, Egis Road Operations, UGL Engineering, Pacific Partnership, DIF Management Australia;
- Spark - Salini Impregilo, GS Engineering and Construction, China Construction Oceania, Broadspectrum Australia, Capella Capital, John Laing Investments, and advisors Lend Lease Engineering; and
- ViaNova - John Holland Group, Acciona Construction, Lendlease Services, Plenary Group, Acciona Concesiones.
Along with building the twin tunnels, the selected contractor will also design the entire project, including its new interchanges, freeway upgrades and paths for pedestrians and cyclists. This major construction will start in late 2021, and early works to prepare for this begin early 2020 following planning approvals.
CPB Contractors will lead the early works package, which includes a range of power, water and other utility works to reduce disruption when major construction starts.
New Authority and preferred route for Suburban Rail Loop
The Victorian Government has released the preferred stage one route for the Suburban Rail Loop and commenced a Registration of Interest process to build the project from 2022.
Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan earlier this week to confirm the preferred alignment and station precinct locations from Cheltenham to Box Hill, the first stage of what will be a 90-kilometre rail ring around Melbourne’s middle suburbs.
The project will connect every metropolitan train line from Cheltenham to Werribee, create a rail link to the airport and build three transport super hubs at Clayton, Broadmeadows and Sunshine to connect regional passengers to the Suburban Rail Loop.
The Premier and Minister also announced the formation of a dedicated new authority to deliver the project. The Suburban Rail Loop Authority will be headed by incoming Chief Executive Nick Foa. Mr Foa has extensive experience in infrastructure, planning and government administration, most recently as Deputy Secretary Housing, Infrastructure, Sport and Recreation and Director of Housing in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
The Premier said Mr Foa and his team would immediately begin consultation with local government, universities and other key institutions and stakeholders on options for where stations will be located in the precincts.
This consultation, along with the geotechnical work already underway, will inform the development of the Business Case.
Monash Freeway upgrades moving forward
An extra 36 kilometres of new lanes will be added to the Monash Freeway under a joint Australian and Victorian government plan to bust congestion in Melbourne’s east.
The second stage of the upgrade will expand the Monash from eight to ten lanes between Springvale Road and EastLink, and from four to six lanes between Clyde Road and Cardinia Road – slashing nine minutes off a morning peak hour trip between Pakenham and Malvern.
There will also be better connections at Beaconsfield, and links to an upgraded and extended O’Shea Road that will feature two extra lanes in each direction. The upgrade will also create a new outbound entry to the Monash Freeway at Police Road and a modified outbound Jacksons Road entry to EastLink making it easier and safer to access both the Monash and EastLink.
New intelligent transport technology will be rolled out along the freeway corridor to improve traffic flow and allow for real-time traffic management when accidents occur.
Construction of the new lanes will start early 2020 and is expected to be completed in late 2022. It represents the final stage of the $1.4 billion Monash Freeway Upgrade, being delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria.
Review underway into Skilled Migration Occupation List
Hot on the heels of Roads Australia's recent series of workshops on the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa system, the Federal Government has this week announced a review of the skilled migration occupation lists and is calling for industry input.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon David Coleman MP, said yesterday the review would help inform the Government’s migration program, focussed on “…ensuring employers can access workers to fill critical skills shortages, particularly in regional Australia.”
Occupation lists underpin a range of employer-sponsored, points tested and state-nominated visa programs. The review will inform the next update to the lists, in March 2020.
Roads Australia’s Capacity Policy Stream co-ordinated workshops on the TSS visa system in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in July, in partnership with PwC and Cardno.
Out of those workshops, RA undertook to explore opportunities to engage with other industry groups and representatives of local/state/Federal government on skill occupations, investigate options to capture industry data on skill needs, and promote the TSS visa and Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) systems to our stakeholders.
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is inviting stakeholder feedback – both face-to-face and online. (The on-line submission process is yet to open, however the Department foreshadows the formal submission process lasting from December through to February next year.)
For further details on the consultation process, including a timeline of the review process, visit the www.employment.gov.au/SkilledMigrationList