Businesses in the South-West wanting to bid for work on the Bunbury Outer Ring Road are encouraged to apply for the Local Capability Fund after two consortia were shortlisted for the project.
The Forrest Alliance (comprising CPB Contractors, Carey MC, Densford Civil, GHD and BG&E) and Southwest Connex (comprising Acciona, NRW Contracting, MACA Civil, AECOM and Aurecon) were announced by the State Government as the two consortia shortlisted to build the biggest transport infrastructure project ever planned for the South-West.
The Bunbury Outer Ring Road project (BORR), includes the remaining stages of the four-lane 27-kilometre link between the Forrest and Bussell Highways, three bridges, two rail crossings and a pedestrian-cycle path along the length of the highway.
The contract for the project is expected to be announced by the end of the year, with construction due to start in 2021.
The Government recently announced a new round of the Local Capability Fund (LCF) for businesses in the South West region wanting to win work on the project.
The funding up to $20,000 can be used for consultancy services, purchase and upgrade of equipment, training and qualifications, and improvements to internal business infrastructure and systems.
The LCF aims to assist local businesses to improve their capability to supply goods, services and works to the State Government, major projects and other important markets.
Main Roads will soon be calling for early tenders to supply the crushed rock road base for the BORR project.
Main Roads is putting out the tenders early to give suppliers time to identify material sources, plant and personnel requirements.
Hundreds of local jobs are expected to be supported by the construction of the BORR project.