CuDeco’s $640 million Rocklands Copper Mine near Cloncurry in Queensland has officially opened and, according to Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke, the opening of the mine is good news for the economy as well as for the region.
The 752-hectare Rockbank Precinct Structure Plan has been approved by the Victorian Government, paving the way for a new suburb for Melbourne’s west. The plan includes over 8,000 new dwellings which will be home to more than 22,000 people.
A $280 million mixed-use development by Capital Corporation on Norwest Lake has been given the green light by the Sydney West Joint Regional Planning Panel. Esplanade is going to be Norwest’s very first integrated development and construction is expected to begin in 2017.
A John Holland-KBR Joint Venture team has been awarded a two-year contract extension to its Framework Agreement with Melbourne Water, delivering a capital work program focused on renewing and upgrading essential water assets until mid-2018.
Queensland-based company MSF Sugar has awarded thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions – a Germany-based company – the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a $75 million green energy power plant on the Tablelands.
Edify Energy and its development partner Solar Choice are investing in regional Queensland with the construction of the $122.4 million Whitsunday Solar Farm in Collinsville. According to Minister for Energy Mark Bailey, this project is another example of the industry’s confidence in the State’s future for renewable energy.
Up to $24 million has been invested by Powerlink Queensland for the Mackay Substation upgrade. The upgrade will help further secure the supply of electricity as well as support the continuing growth of the economy in the region.
Further funding of $10 million has been secured by the Queensland Government for the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane. According to Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, the Federal Government has joined hands with the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority to fund the development of the project.
Dexus Property Group and head contractor Built has begun the construction of the 105 Phillip Street development in Parramatta. This development is one of the six projects – with a combined worth of $295 million – that Dexus is undertaking in Parramatta.
An expression of interest process has begun for the design and construction of the Pacific Motorway M1/M3/Gateway Merge at Eight Mile Plains. The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads will also begin engaging with a design consultant for the Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes development, which will help identify firm market-based construction costs.
Perri Projects – a Melbourne-based developer – has been given the thumbs up to begin construction on a $50 million boutique hotel in South Melbourne. The development will comprise of a five-storey building with 80 rooms and is going to be located at the corner of Moray and Dorcas Streets.
Conergy – a global solar energy company – has chosen BMD Constructions as the major sub-contractor for the $42.5 million Lakeland Solar and Storage Project in Far North Queensland. This project near Mulligan Highway is the first large-scale integrated solar, storage and fringe-of-grid project in the Southern Hemisphere, which will feature a grid-to-islanding functionality.
Residential developer Metro Property Development has begun works on stage one of its luxury homes project in Sydney. The $260 million project includes the construction of town homes and apartments located at 88 Centenary Drive on the Strathfield Golf Club site.
Up to $18 million has been committed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to phase one of the Kennedy Energy Park project – Australia’s first renewable energy park consisting of 19.2 megawatt solar photovoltaic, 21.6 megawatt wind and two megawatt of battery storage.
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The New South Wales Government will be investing up to $2.2 billion through Sydney Water for upgrades on infrastructure capital until 2020.
Construction has begun on the missing link in the Darebin-Yarra Creek Trail which will connect 600 kilometres of pedestrian and cycling paths for the local community across north and east Melbourne.
A $206 million contract to deliver works on Monash University’s Learning and Teaching Building – including a large underground carpark and regional transport interchange – has been awarded to Multiplex.
Engineering firm UGL Limited will commence work this month on a $110 million contract by Shoalhaven City Council as part of Stage 1B of the Council's Reclaimed Water Management Scheme (REMS).
The team at PlantMiner were at the Queensland Media Club event on Friday where, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Chairman and former Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie estimated the games could deliver double the official estimate of $2 billion worth of economic activity.
The $133 million Golden Highway Corridor Strategy – developed by Transport for NSW and Maritime Services – has been released, detailing the plans to maintain and improve over 300 kilometres of road which connects the Hunter Valley to Dubbo in New South Wales.
Three major developments are on its way to the Gold Coast as the City Council’s planning committee recently gave preliminary approvals to three multi-storey towers – worth almost $1 billion altogether – in Southport, Labrador and Chevron Island.
Construction has begun on a new disability housing and respite care facility in Adelaide. Uniting Communities – the project’s developer – will be incorporating 18 disability respite apartments to the 20-storey multi-use development on the corner of Franklin Street and Pitt Street in the CBD.
The New South Wales Government has revealed the Sydney Olympic Park Masterplan 2030 which highlights a massive redevelopment of the Homebush precinct. The plans include an increase in homes by more than 1000% - with the number of residential properties increasing from 800 to 10,700.
The first sod of soil has been turned for the $400 million Kwinana lithium processing plant and construction is ramping up. The Western Australian Government has welcomed the beginning of works on the processing facility after they have given the green light for construction back in September 2016.
The contract for the $34.2 million Bill Fulton Bridge duplication on Cairns Western Arterial Road has been awarded and construction is on track to begin in November. The preferred builder for this project is a joint venture comprising of Albem Operations and Highway Construction.
Work is about to commence on the $540 million Roe 8 highway extension project in Western Australia. The State Government has announced that they are finalising the contract to build Roe 8 which will be awarded to a consortium led by CIMIC Group.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has awarded Georgiou Group Pty Ltd a second contract worth $18.5 million to deliver works on the central section of the Southport-Burleigh Road upgrade in Queensland.
Work has commenced on the $70 million Peak Downs Highway project which aims to upgrade four timber bridges in order to improve safety and efficiency for local residents as well as freight operators. Seymour Whyte was chosen back in July 2016 as the preferred contractor for this project.
The Queensland Government is taking a big step to progressing Adani’s $21.7 billion Carmichael coal and rail project near Clermont. The project – which involves the construction of mine, rail and associated water infrastructures – have been declared vital to the region, a first in seven years.
At least $46.5 million has been invested on various Northern Queensland construction projects. Summarised below are the five upcoming and on-going construction works happening in Townsville and Palm Island.
The Northern Connector, Lendlease's upcoming construction of a 15.5km six-lane road that will link Greater Adelaide, has opened it's 'one-stop shop for employment, training and education' to give South Australians unprecedented access to job opportunities on the $985 million project.
Utility scale solar projects developer Eco Energy World (EEW) Australia has been given planning consent to develop a 140-megawatt solar farm near Maryborough in Queensland. The $280 million project will cover the area of about 800 acres with over 500,000 ground-mounted solar panels.
The $175 million Thompson Road upgrade in Victoria is one step closer to construction with the Victorian Government awarding the Stage 1 works contract to BMD Constructions Pty Ltd.
The $689 million Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) Redevelopment project has taken another step forward with the announcement of four more tenders for construction works.