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Record Employment, with an all-time high of 1.6 million, boosted by Western Australia’s Robust Economy

March 26, 2024

Recent data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicates a 1.7% surge in Western Australia’s employment rate or 26, 319 jobs in February, which marks the state’s strongest growth in over three years. With the unemployment rate dipping to 3.6% in February, the number of unemployed in WA fell by 11,419 for the month. In February, WA’s total employment surpassed 1.6 million for the first time, with both men and women achieving record employment levels. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.6%, below the national rate of 3.7%, with 11,419 fewer unemployed individuals. Since the Labor government took office …

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$107 Million contract for Ocean Reef Infrastructure delivery awarded, supporting more than 150 Western Australian jobs.

February 21, 2024

The contract for works on the Ocean Reef Marina Development in Western Australia has now been awarded, with Georgiou set to deliver the construction of public infrastructure. The $107 million contract comprises the delivery of public infrastructure such as boat ramps, marine walls, as well as recreational spaces. These works will also include the development of lots for residential, retail and hospitality purposes. Work will begin in 2024 to create: A Family Friendly beach Perth’s first coastal pool Pedestrian Promenade Residential Living Spaces Children’s Play Spaces Recreational facilities such as change rooms, toilets, BBQs and shade structures. Construction on the …

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$50 million package of works underway on WA’s Great Northern Highway Corridor

February 16, 2024

The delivery of 11 overtaking lanes on Great Northern Highway between Newman and Port Hedland is now underway as part of a $50 million package of works. The lanes, which have been included under the Australian Government’s newly announced Great Northern Highway corridor, will help support the Pilbara region’s booming mining industry and foster economic development as well as improve road safety for heavy vehicle drivers and other road users. The major package of works is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments, with the Australian Government providing $40 million and the Western Australian Government $10 million. With more than …

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NRW Contracting Pty Ltd named preferred proponent for the $225 million Reid Highway Interchanges Project in Western Australia.

January 24, 2024

NRW Contracting Pty Ltd has been appointed to lead the design and construction of two new interchanges on Reid Highway. This initiative, the Reid Highway Interchanges Project, comes with a $225 million budget, jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments, who are each contributing $112.5 million. The primary goal is to replace the current signalized intersections at Altone Road and Drumpellier Drive/Daviot Road with efficient, free-flowing interchanges. This includes modifying Reid Highway to pass over Altone Road and constructing a new bridge for Drumpellier Drive/Daviot Road over Reid Highway. The project also aims to cater to cyclists and …

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Fitzroy River Bridge reopens ahead of tourist high season – 6 months ahead of schedule

December 14, 2023

The new Fitzroy River Bridge has reopened in the remote Western Australia Kimberley region, six months ahead of schedule. The Kimberley region, devastated by floods following Tropical Cyclone Ellie in early 2023, has reopened a key arterial bridge along the Great Northern Highway, connecting West Kimberley to East Kimberley. The new two-lane Fitzroy River Bridge, which connects the popular tourism hotspots Broome and Kununurra, has been completed ahead of schedule and before the 2024 high season begins in the region. Tourism Western Australia Managing Director Carolyn Turnbull expressed excitement about the new bridge, allowing more visitors to travel between Broome …

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Western Australia’s Government shortlists proponents for High-Capacity Signalling system for the Perth urban rail network.

August 31, 2023

With Western Australia’s goal to upgrade its rail network, the government has shortlisted two proponents: Alstom Transport Australia & Downer EDI Works (ADJV) Siemens Mobility , Siemens Mobility GmbH and Wabtec Contril Systems (SafePerth) These proponents are to design, supply, build and maintain a High-Capacity Signalling (HCS) system for the Public Transport Authority. The HCS project aims to create a more modern, integrated, communications-based train control system, replacing the aging urban rail network control system in Perth. The new system will play a vital role in facilitating the substantial growth of passenger rail services as part of the State Government’s …

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Major construction commences on $330m METRONET New Midland Station

July 27, 2023

Major construction has started on the METRONET New Midland Station project, a cutting-edge train station in the center of Midland, Western Australia, after development authority was granted last month. The modern three-platform station near Midland Town Centre would improve connectivity to Midland Gate Shopping Centre and Health Campus. Premier Roger Cook praised the government’s investment in public transport infrastructure, including the New Midland Station, which focuses on Midland’s future and preserves the area’s rail heritage. The project includes platforms, a pedestrian overpass, a 12-stand bus interchange, a multi-story car park, a 1-kilometer shared path, a kiosk, bike shelters, and operations …

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June 20, 2023

Downer has announced its completed the sale of its $212 million Australian Transport Projects business to DT Infrastructure Pty Ltd. DT Infrastructure’s Australian Transport Projects business is responsible for delivering major construction services to mainly government, including design and construction of roads, rail, signalling, station works, bridges and more. The sale will see Downer’s business, people and capabilities transferred, including around 1000 staff and a forecast work in hand of approximately $2 billion nationally. There are some outstanding items at the date of completion. Downer is yet to receive a number of ‘customer consents. Until these are finalised, and the …

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$22M invested in Exmouth infrastructure in preparation for the Total Solar eclipse.

April 20, 2023

The State Government has worked closely with the Shires of Exmouth, Ashburton and Carnarvon, to have provided grants to some 40 local businesses to help boost capacity in the region and invested almost $22 million dollars in infrastructure that will leave a lasting legacy, and benefit locals and tourists for years to come. While a Total Solar Eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth every 18 months, it is incredibly rare for them to pass over land and in a place with the natural significance of our World Heritage-listed Ningaloo region. Taking centre stage is Exmouth, which will be covered by a …

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The $280 million Swan River Crossings project final concept revealed as one of Fremantle’s most significant infrastructure projects.

August 25, 2022

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments, each contributing $140 million. The transformation of the area includes: removing the signalised intersection at Canning Highway and Queen Victoria Street; realigning Canning Highway from East Street to travel down and under the new bridge, and connecting to Beach Street; prioritising journeys into Fremantle via Queen Victoria Street, providing a direct, free-flowing journey from North Fremantle into the harbour city; and opportunities for urban landscaping, heritage interpretation and community connection for an area in front of the existing Naval Store, including the use of existing timber pylons in …

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