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Original Post Date : Friday 20th March 2020

CCF QLD COVID-19 CRISIS MEETING WITH TMR

COVID-19 crisis has created the worst business scenario most of us have encountered in our lifetimes. The dire and unprecedented conditions mean our industry faces its toughest challenge in many decades.

Today, Civil Contractors Federation QLD CEO Damian Long was involved in a teleconference with the Hon. Mark Bailey, Minister for Transport and Main Roads as well as the Director –General for Transport and Main Roads Neil Scales.  Alongside CCF QLD were representatives from IAQ, CA, EA, CCAA, AOC, QMCA and APAA.

Key messages communicated and agreed to as part of the teleconference include:

  • Industry is an essential service and must keep going during the crisis.
  • Tenders will still need to come out and be awarded during this period.
  • TMR has business continuity plans to ensure there are no delays from their side in regards to procurement or operations.
  • Government is committed to protecting the economy now and in to the future.
  • Government is cognisant that there needs to be an industry at the back end of the current crisis.
  • QTrip rollout will still happen but earlier this year due to early budget preparations.
  • Both the Queensland Government and TMR to reinforce the positive message through their communication to the State.

Other points made during the teleconference were:

  • Acceleration of works is needed.
  •  Government will get best value for their dollar if they focus on delivering lots of smaller projects.
  •  Construction can absorb jettisoned jobs from other industries.
  •  TMR has requested feedback on supply chain issues that are being recognised.
  •  Consideration is being given to an increase in the maintenance budget.
  •  State Government is working with Federal Government.
  • Future contracts will have a requirement to provide business continuity plans.
  • We should not be afraid of this virus.
  • TMR is expecting disruptions on some projects but they will deal with this fairly on a project-by-project basis. TMR will provide written guidance around this.
  • TMR and State Government have acknowledged that most people will be OK from a health perspective.
  •  All contractors need to do is follow QLD Health guidelines such as hand washing and no groups >100 indoors etc.

 

Moving forward, there will be regular group meetings to discuss issues and to reinforce facts and the Government’s commitment to industry. CCF QLD will keep you up-to-date as meetings occur so you can be aware of issues discussed. If you would like to provide feedback on any or the points outlined above please give us a call on 1300 CCF QLD or email Leanne at lweier@ccfqld.com