The State Government has launched a new round of the Local Capability Fund to support South West businesses wanting to tender for work on the Bunbury Outer Ring Road Project.
The McGowan Government recently announced businesses in the south west region could apply for up to $20,000 each from the Local Capability Fund (LCF) to win work on the $852 million development.
The funding 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.
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, is the south west’s biggest-ever transport infrastructure program.
Hundreds of local jobs are expected to be supported by the construction of the BORR project which gets underway early next year.
Aboriginal participation is mandated with targets for both Aboriginal employment and engagement of Aboriginal businesses.
Premier Mark McGowan said the government’s number one priority was creating jobs.
“The Bunbury Outer Ring Road project will create hundreds of local jobs in Bunbury and the wider south west by supporting local businesses to bid for work,” he said.
“We are delivering on our commitment to drive job creation in regional Western Australia and support local business by capturing opportunities to drive economic growth and jobs.
“The Local Capability Fund complements other funding we have allocated to support capacity-building for the business sector, and ensures local businesses can continue to support the Western Australian economy.”