Another major milestone has been marked on the Western Sydney Airport project, with companies now being invited to bid for the first major earthworks contract for the massive $5.3 billion project.
Construction on two new solar farms - with a total capacity of over 460MW - in New South Wales are set to go underway this year, with Germany-based Belectric securing the engineering, procurement and construction as well as operations and maintenance contracts for both projects.
SIMEC Zen Energy has revealed its plans of a US$1 billion renewable energy program near Whyalla in South Australia. The initiative will include the 280MW Cultana Solar Farm which is expected to begin construction in early 2019.
Victoria’s Northbank Goods Shed precinct beside the Yarra River is set to be revitalised with property developer Riverlee given the approval to proceed with its $450 million ‘Seafarers Place’ development.
The South Australian Government has revealed plans of tunnelling the remaining two sections of the Adelaide’s North-South Corridor. The last two sections under planning are the River Torrens to Anzac Highway and the Anzac Highway to Darlington sections.
Works are now underway on Stage 1 of a new higher and wider Stapley Drive bridge over the M1 Pacific Motorway at Varsity Lakes. This is part of the $197.5 million upgrade on the M1 Pacific Motorway from Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes.
The $158 million two-tower development adjacent Perth Arena has been given the development approval by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti, and construction on the new buildings are expected to commence in mid-2019.
Franzè Developments’ $150 million Ryrie Street mixed-use development has been granted approval by the Victorian Department of Environment and Planning and it will include Australia’s first Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites outlet.
Construction is now underway on the 132MW Nevertire Solar Farm in New South Wales. This new large-scale solar farm is going to be built near Warren, with Biosar awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the project in May of this year.
Following the completion of a three-year mining services contract awarded in 2015, Downer EDI has been awarded a new three-year contract valued at approximately $120 million which will get the company to continue providing mining services at the CSA underground copper mine in Cobar, New South Wales.
The $50 million Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive intersection upgrade in Western Australia has marked a major milestone, with the contract to deliver the project awarded to CIMIC Group member CPB Contractors.
Broad Construction - a member of the CIMIC Group - has recently secured a number of work contracts with a total value of $110 million for social and commercial infrastructure projects in Western Australia and Queensland.
The first sod has been turned to signal the beginning of works on the $5 billion Western Sydney Aerotropolis located on a 280-hectare site at Luddenham. Western Sydney-based property group Celestino will own and build the new multi-billion dollar Sydney Science Park.
Victoria’s Donnybrook and Wallan train stations are set to have upgrade works done as part of the $356 million Shepparton Corridor Upgrade project, which will be supporting the growing communities along the route.
Georgiou Group has secured an $18.7 million contract to deliver a privately-funded traffic bridge that will carry the Great Northern Highway over the Roy Hill rail line which is located approximately 25 kilometres south west of Port Hedland in Western Australia.
The upgrade of the Hurstbridge Line in Victoria will continue with a $530 million investment for Stage 2 that will duplicate more tracks and deliver a new train station. This follows the completion of Stage 1 of the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade that was delivered six months ahead of the projected completion.
Construction is finally underway on the $60 million Inverell Hospital redevelopment project at Hunter New England in New South Wales, with the first sod already turned to signal the beginning of works on Stage 1 of the development.
Rio Tinto has announced that it has approved a US$146 million (approximately AUS$197 million) funding to jump start initial works at the Koodaideri iron ore project - located in the Pilbara region about 110 kilometres from Newman, Western Australia - ahead of the final investment decision which is expected to be made by the end of 2018.
Regis Resources Limited has awarded a five-year extension contract valued at approximately $590 million to MACA Limited. The contract is for open pit mining services at the Duketon South gold operations located near Laverton in Western Australia.
Victoria’s Earth Resources department has green-lighted the reopening of a dormant copper and zinc mine in East Gippsland. This project is expected to create more than 500 local jobs and it will involve the development of the Stockman mine tailings dam in Benambra.