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Metered Standpipe Training Now Critical for Drought Affected Towns

The number of regional towns relying on water being transported in will hit double digits in the next month without decent rainfall over Christmas. A combination of high temperatures and consistent low humidity conditions impacting much of the State has led to critical shortages in water supply across many regions. Operator training for metered standpipes…

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Rain, Hail, or More Likely Too Hot… Think Simulation Training

CCF QLD and Civil Train QLD have several training simulators available for civil construction workers to access in South-East QLD. Training simulators include: Medium Track Type Tractor Excavator (Volvo and CAT) Motor Grader Wheel Loader They are great for workers wanting to hone their skills or for return to work staff looking to brush up…

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New Apprenticeship Contracts Announced

Last month the Federal Government awarded four new contracts to Apprenticeship providers across Queensland. From February 1, 2020 the below providers have been chosen as the Australian Apprentices Support Network (AASN) for Queensland Busy At Work MAS National MEGT Sarina Russo Job Access Minister for Employment, Skills, Small & Family Business, Senator the Hon. Michaelia…

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Civil Traineeship Used as Pathway to Army

Recent graduate, Sebastian Grasso, who turned 19 last month, recently completed his Civil Traineeship with CCF QLD member Protech. Sebastian worked on the Seymour Whyte (CCF QLD member) M2VL project on the Gold Coast. Through hard work and dedication Sebastian completed his traineeship in less than 15 months. Upon his completion of training, Sebastian has…

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Rookwood Weir Officially Underway

The $352 million Rookwood Weir is officially underway, with first works and first jobs happening on Thirsty Creek Road just 60 km outside Rockhampton. Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke and Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga welcomed the milestone for the project. “It’s great to see our own Rocky Regional…

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New Feasibility Study for Water Supply

Work will begin to investigate a new water supply pipeline for desperately parched Warwick and surrounding communities, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced. Ms Palaszczuk said a potential new pipeline to deliver Wivenhoe Dam water to Warwick would be among options considered as part of a $1 million feasibility study into contingency water supply options, to be…

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Inland Rail Approved

The most significant freight infrastructure project in the nation’s history has taken a major step forward with the Australian and Queensland Governments signing a ground-breaking Bilateral Agreement to deliver Inland Rail. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Bilateral Agreement would ensure Queensland’s future growth is supported…

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Shute Harbour Terminal and Seawall Rebuild

CCF QLD member Vassallo Constructions has won the $35 million construction tender for the rebuild of Shute Harbour terminal and seawall.  Work is expected to commence from January 2020. With a budget of $54.5 million, there will be a complete rebuild of the seawall, terminal, pontoons and carpark at the Shute Harbour marine facility. The…

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Gold Coast Light Rail

The Australian Government has committed a further $157 million to make Stage 3A of the Gold Coast Light Rail a reality. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development said the additional commitment brought the federal contribution to the project to $269 million. “Stage 3A – involving eight new stations and an…

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Federal Infrastructure Spend Increase

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has hailed a massive Federal Government infrastructure spend as a huge win for Queensland. It means an extra $1.9 billion of safer roads and rail including funds for regional Queensland. The historic deal, agreed with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, fast-tracks federal government spending on a host of road and rail projects all…

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Traffic Management Implementation Training

The Department of Transport and Main Roads have recently completed a review of the Traffic Management Implementation course in Queensland with a number of significant changes being introduced.  Civil Train, the training division is a registered provider of TMR licences for Traffic Management and Traffic Control will be introducing the changes by 1 October 2019. …

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Temporary Road Safety Barrier Systems Awareness Training

This program is designed to provide participants with an overview of the key considerations in the selection, design, installation, maintenance and monitoring/surveillance of temporary road safety barrier (TRSB) systems at roadwork sites. The program is an interactive discussion utilising real life examples. Call Civil Train QLD for more information. For more information Click here.

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New Tax Incentives for Large Projects

The Federal Government is seeking to unlock billions of dollars in capital for nation building infrastructure through tax incentives for projects worth more than $500 million. As part of the plan for a stronger economy the Government has released a draft guidance note for the implementation of the new economic infrastructure staples tax concession (the…

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Procurement Process

In order to maintain a sustainable civil construction industry an efficient, transparent, sustainable, fair and equitable procurement process is required.  A competitive procurement process is required that is free from bias, is cost effective and procures projects at prices that benefit all parties – client, contractor and society. CCF QLD believes risk should be allocated…

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North Queensland Stadium Ready to Open

North Queensland Stadium will open its gates to the community for the first time next February, with a free People’s Day confirmed for Saturday 22 February, 2020. “With the main stadium build works now more than 85% complete, the project remains on track to host the Sir Elton John concert and the Cowboys’ 2020 season,…

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Brisbane Metro Commencing January Following State Approval

Preliminary works will commence around the Cultural Centre in January 2020 following a united Council and State Government announcement that the project will proceed. The approval comes after months of discussions between the Brisbane City Council and Queensland Government over plans for the re-positioning of the Cultural Centre Station. In June this year, the government…

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Works For Queensland Program

Almost 300 jobs have already been created or supported in Cairns through the Queensland Government’s $600 million Works for Queensland program. Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said projects delivered through the program include the Centenary Lakes Nature Play area and boardwalk, the Yellow Arrow Walking Trail and major improvements along the Holloways Beach Foreshore. Across…

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Major New Road East of M1

Construction of a major new road east of the M1 between Coomera and Nerang will be prioritised to take pressure off the highway and support growing north Gold Coast communities. The Palaszczuk Government will start consultation next month on its plans for stage one of the Coomera Connector, also known as the ‘second M1’. Premier…

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Edmonton to Gordonvale Works Contract Awarded

The single biggest road project for Far North Queensland is another step closer with the construction contract for the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale project awarded. Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project would significantly improve safety on the busy two-lane section…

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CCF National Earth Awards Only 4 Weeks Away

There are only four weeks to go until the 2019 CCF National Earth Awards; the most prestigious awards celebrating excellence in Civil Construction across Australia for more than 25 years. Join us in celebrating Australia’s best civil construction projects on 22 November 2019 in Canberra with special guest and MC Lehmo! Click here to book…

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Reminder: National Safe Work Month

With National Safe Work Month drawing to a close, CCF QLD would like to remind members how important it is that the safe work theme continues all year round. Safe Work Australia was established in 2008 to develop national policy and guidance for WHS and workers’ compensation. Since then, they have been running national campaigns to raise…

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Sexual Violence Prevention Framework

Earlier this year, the Queensland Government engaged with people from all over Queensland on the issue of sexual violence. Through community forums, focus groups, online surveys and written submissions, the government heard about what needs to be done to better prevent and respond to sexual violence in Queensland. What they heard – particularly from victims…

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CCF Code and CCMS

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SYSTEM TO ASSIST WITH ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING COMPLIANCE TO THE RELEVANT INDUSTRY STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS? The system can be used by companies who do not have ISO Accreditation but are looking for a solution to maintain compliance. The Civil Contractors Management System (CCMS) has over 120 documents available to you…

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Gold Coast Light Rail – Funding Required

Building the next stage of Gold Coast’s light rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh has become a national priority. Infrastructure Australia added light rail Stage 3a to its priority list this week, adding pressure on the Morrison Government to properly fund the project. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the only thing standing in…

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Cairns Southern Access Upgrade

The piles form part of a new bridge being built at Woree for the $104 million Bruce Highway upgrade through Cairns’ southern suburbs. The project, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, will ultimately see the Bruce Highway widened from four lanes to six between Kate and Aumuller streets. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister…

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Ripley Valley Infrastructure

More roads and bridges will be built in the Ripley Valley Priority Development Area (PDA) with the Palaszczuk Government overseeing the signing of a $7.1 million infrastructure agreement for one of Queensland’s boom growth areas. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Binnies Road West Catalyst Infrastructure Agreement for Ripley…

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Not Now, Not Ever

Queensland’s business and community sectors have pledged to use their immense reach and influence to join the fight against domestic and family violence at an Australian first forum hosted by the Palaszczuk Government. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said bringing the corporate community sectors together at this forum is…

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Mackay Waterfront Master Plan

Another important piece of the Mackay Waterfront puzzle is in place with the release of a draft master plan. The public has played an integral part in the vision and objectives for this project with consultation starting in 2017 and continuing in 2018. During these valuable consultation periods, the Mackay community has generously put forward…

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$20m to Port of Cairns’ Wharves

The Port of Cairns’ wharves are set for a major makeover, paving the way for cruise ships up to 300m in length to dock at the far north shipping hub. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey and Member for Cairns Michael Healy announced a $20 million contract to modernise the port’s six wharves, which…

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Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Opens

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the TSRC was a 41-kilometre-long bypass route to the north of Toowoomba, including an 800-metre-long viaduct, making transportation more efficient and taking trucks out of central Toowoomba. “This is a monumental project for the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley communities and a…

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Infrastructure Skills Shortage

With the Australian economy growing by just 1.4% in the year to June, the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) is urging the Government to bring forward its planned spend on infrastructure to help bolster the economy and ensure that Australia’s national migration policy addresses the skills shortage that is hampering infrastructure delivery. “We welcome…

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More Federal Funding for Bruce Highway Needed

The Palaszczuk Government has renewed its calls for the Morrison Government to boost federal Bruce Highway funding. Inspecting progress on the Haughton River upgrade on the Bruce Highway south of Townsville yesterday, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project was a good example of what could be achieved with a secure funding…

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Inland Rail Project

Over 460 delegates participated in the 2019 Inland Rail Conference in Toowoomba on 21-22 August 2019, presented by the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) and Australasian Railway Association (ARA). Participants explored multiple facets of this nationally-significant freight infrastructure project and set out the actions needed to ensure local communities, consumers, producers, freight operators and the Australian…

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Progress for Burdekin Falls Dam Wall

The Palaszczuk Government has approved the proposal to raise Burdekin Falls Dam wall to progress to the next stage. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said publicly-owned Sunwater would now start a $16 million detailed business case into the potential raising of Queensland’s largest dam. “This is not only boosting the Townsville region’s water security,” the Premier said.…

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Queensland Road Safety Week

Communities across the state have been urged to put road safety first ahead of Queensland Road Safety Week. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey and police will this week travel across the state encouraging Queenslanders to keep safety front of mind when they head onto the road. “The Palaszczuk Government is delivering $23 billion…

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2019 Excellence in Civil Construction Awards Winners Announced

For the second consecutive year CCF QLD held its Excellence in Civil Construction Awards on 23 August 2019 at The Star Gold Coast on the beautiful Gold Coast. What an amazing night it was! Over 320 people were in attendance to celebrate the coveted CCF QLD Earth Awards combined with the state’s preeminent Industry Training…

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Civil Contractors Federation Queensland Limited 2019 Annual General Meeting Notice

Notice is hereby given pursuant to the rules of the Civil Contractors Federation Queensland Limited that the Annual General Meeting of Members of the company is to be held on 16th September 2019. Date:                     16th September 2019 Time:                    7.30am Location:             Civil Contractors Federation Qld Ltd                                 11 Hi-tech Court, Eight Mile Plains  QLD …

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High-Flying Solutions for SEE Civil’s Survey Needs

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) is only going one way, and that’s up. When SEE Civil wanted to advance its survey drone program, it turned to Trimble, Propeller and SITECH Construction Systems. SEE Civil has more than 30 years of experience completing a wide variety of projects encompassing all aspects of civil construction…

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Hells Gate Dam Proposal – Update

Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announced that the State would sign a bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth to progress further assessment of the $5 billion Hells Gates Dam proposal. “I know our three local Members of Parliament in Townsville and the people of North Queensland want to see this project progress,” he said.…

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Contract for New Pedestrian Bridge Soon Announced

The contract to build Brisbane’s new inner-city Neville Bonner Bridge pedestrian bridge from Queen’s Wharf to South Brisbane will soon be released, Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones has announced today. Ms Jones said around 100 labourers, engineers, designers and other workers will work on the bridge – named in honour of Australia’s first Indigenous…

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Next Phase for Building our Regions Program

The $365 million Building our Region’s (BoR) program has entered its next phase, with details of the $70 million Round 5 revealed. Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Cameron Dick said regional Queensland councils will have until Friday 30 August to submit expressions of interest for shovel-ready projects. “Regional infrastructure development means more Queensland jobs,…

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Saltwater Creek Upgrade Project

Design has started on the $103 million Bruce Highway – Saltwater Creek Upgrade project, north of Maryborough. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project would improve flood immunity on the highway, by building new bridges at Saltwater Creek crossing and Deadman’s Gully, and upgrading four floodways…

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State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) 2019 Update

The State Government released the State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) 2019 Update, highlighting the lowest infrastructure underspend in a decade, the second highest pipeline of public and private infrastructure projects in the country, and the facilitation of significant private investment throughout Queensland. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the annual SIP…

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New Bridge Construction Starts at Mudgeeraba Creek

Work has started to install almost 400 bridge decks for two new northbound bridges across Mudgeeraba Creek on Queensland’s M1 – Pacific Motorway. Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the new bridges form part of the congestion-busting M1 – Pacific Motorway, Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes upgrade. “Delivering these two new…

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Sumners Road Interchange Upgrade

Construction has now commenced on the $80 million Sumners Road interchange upgrade. The crew of local construction and engineering staff will remove the existing bridge, and replace it with two new bridges, totalling six lanes. Works will include a bike underpass along two of the city’s busiest roads, linking up with the Centenary Bikeway. The…

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Ethical Supplier Mandate

The Ethical Supplier Mandate and Ethical Supplier Threshold information has recently been published by the Department of Housing & Public Works.   The Mandate was created by the Queensland Government who is committed to doing business with suppliers who deliver genuine, quality, secure ongoing jobs with fair pay and safe working conditions for Queenslanders. The Mandate…

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Development of Cairns and Mourilyan Ports

Ports North’s Port Master Planning Project has taken an important step forward with the appointment of an advisory organisation. The appointment will see the organisation undertake a detailed technical plan that will map out options for developing the Ports of Cairns and the Port of Mourilyan over a 30-year timeframe. Transport and Main Roads Minister…

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Queensland Rail Contract Awarded

The Queensland Government’s $100 million commitment to improve freight capacity on the North Coast rail line has reached a major milestone. Queensland Rail has awarded a $14.5 million contract to extend eight freight train passing loops between Rockhampton and Townsville. Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the works would support 24 jobs, adding to the…

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Cairns Council Announces Budget for New Financial Year

A low rate rise and a $164.7 million Capital Works program are the highlights of the $316 million balanced Budget for 2019-20 brought down by Cairns Regional Council earlier in July. The budget also features a range of initiatives and projects aimed at protecting and caring for our environment, with a $3.3 million ground mounted…

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CCF Urges Government to Increase Infrastructure Activity

CCF (National) has urged the Federal Government to take advantage of the Reserve Bank’s most recent interest rate cut and use debt borrowing to reignite the slowing economy. CCF is extremely concerned with the latest ABS Engineering Construction Activity data which confirms the volume of civil construction activity across Australia fell to a two-year low…

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Next Stage of M2M Cycleway Announced

The Queensland Government has announced $6.7 million for the next stage of the popular Mooloolaba to Maroochydore Cycleway (M2M Cycleway). Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the government would design and build stage six of the project, creating a three metre wide bikeway along the Alexandra Headland foreshore. “The Palaszczuk Government is delivering…

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Everton Park Black Spot

A solution is on the way for a notorious Everton Park black spot. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced a $1.8 million upgrade was expected to start before the end of the year. “The stretch of South Pine Road near Halle Street has seen multiple crashes in wet weather, and residents have clearly…

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Austroads – Industry Consultation

Austroads has released the Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management Part 9: Processes and Procedures, for industry consultation. Austroads’ Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management is being developed as part of the strategic priority project Safety at Road Worksites (Project BN2019). The intent of Austroads member authorities is establish the nationally preferred and…

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Consultation Regulation Impact Statement

Safe Work Australia invites feedback on the recommendations of  the review of the model WHS laws. The model WHS laws were reviewed in 2018. The Review of the model WHS laws: Final report was released in February 2019 and includes 34 recommendations. A Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on these recommendations is now open. Submissions…

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Updated Award Summaries

You will need to login with you Membership Username and Password, then go to the Member Dashboard, then Member Tools and there you will find 5 new award summaries for your records: Wage Rates – Road Transport and Distribution Award 2010 – From 1.7.19 Wage Rates – Manufacturing Associated Industries Occupations Award 2010 – From…

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Construction Commences On Brisbane’s Newest Riverwalk

Major works to transform the river’s edge along the City Botanic Gardens are now underway as part of a Brisbane City Council plan to build Brisbane’s newest Riverwalk. Deputy Mayor Krista Adams said the City Botanic Gardens Riverwalk would complete a notorious missing link between the city’s inner-north and South Bank, allowing thousands of residents…

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$200M Committed to Upgrade Motorway – Northside

The Palaszczuk Government will commit to build the next stage of the Gateway Motorway upgrade on Brisbane’s north, targeting congestion in the booming region. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced the Palaszczuk Government would commit $200 million to upgrade the motorway from Bracken Ridge to the Bruce Highway merge as part of a…

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Charleville’s Industrial Precinct Stage 2 Approved

Stage 2 of Charleville’s Industrial Precinct has been given the green light, paving the way for more local jobs because of funding through Round 4 of the Palaszczuk Government’s $295 million Building our Regions (BoR) program. The $1 million-plus funding package features $800,000 from BoR and $209,693 from Murweh Shire Council. Minister for State Development,…

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Adani Carmichael Mine Approved

After almost a decade since the opportunity was first presented to the Townsville community, the Adani Carmichael Mine was approved. Adani Mining received advice from the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science that the Carmichael Mine’s Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan has been finalised and approved. This signals the end of the project’s approval…

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Highlights from the 2019-2020 State Budget

CCF QLD has reviewed the Queensland State Budget 2019-2020 and has outlined a summary from the perspective of the civil construction industry. The budget highlights a continuing commitment to infrastructure funding, as well as some changes to business taxes, which will favour small and medium sized businesses.  Queensland’s employment rate will continue basically unchanged and…

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Coomera River Project to Stimulate Economy

A multi-million dollar dredging program and sediment management facility will support tourism, jobs and businesses in the Gold Coast Marine Industry Precinct by improving navigational access to the Coomera River. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Gold Coast Waterways Authority’s (GCWA’s) Coomera Dredged Sediment Management Facility and Coomera River dredging program is…

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Australian Construction Achievement Award

The Chith Export Facility at Weipa in Far North Queensland, constructed by McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd, was announced as the 2019 winner of the Australian Construction Achievement Award. The Australian Construction Achievement Award is promoted by the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) and Engineers Australia and is the peak annual award for the major…

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Mackay Development Scheme Approved

Mackay Regional Council’s proposed development scheme for the Priority Development Area (PDA) to revitalise the waterfront and city centre has been approved. Member for Mackay and Assistant Minister for State Development Julieanne Gilbert said the PDA will enable council to realise its vision to transform the city’s waterfront and CBD precincts, for the benefit of…

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CCF QLD Membership Renewal

Over the past 12 months CCF QLD has gone from strength to strength, having been recognised by both state and local governments for the advocacy work we have completed for our members while continuing to maintain and grow industry networks, and increasing our member benefits. There has never been a better time to be part…

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Crashes Prompt Planning Project

A $1.25 million planning project, which will include spotlighting and prioritising the much-needed upgrades along the Kuranda Range Road, has been announced by the Palaszczuk Government. Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the Transport and Main Roads (TMR) project was a major step toward providing the hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors who…

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State Conference Discusses Gender Diversity

The Civil Contractors Federation Queensland State Conference in Cairns held in early May highlighted gender diversity in the workplace. Minister for Women Di Farmer, who spoke at the conference, said gender diversity was not just good for business, it was also an important way businesses can help prevent domestic and family violence. “The civil construction sector…

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App Developed for Stadium Construction

The North Queensland Stadium has reached a construction milestone with 50% the main build works now completed and to celebrate, the nqstadium app has been released on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Minister for Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the app will give fans the chance to experience the…

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Sunshine Plaza Intersection Improvements

Design is underway to improve the Amaroo Street and Baden Powell Street intersection on Maroochydore Road just outside Sunshine Plaza. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government would provide $496,000 to upgrade the busy intersection. “More than 20,000 vehicles use the Baden Powell Street and Amaroo Street intersection each day,” Mr…

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North Brisbane Bikeway Construction

Construction on stages two and three of Brisbane’s dedicated northern bikeway has commenced. More than 40 jobs will be supported through the $13.18 million project, which will deliver a 1.7km separated bike path from Somerset Street in Albion to Rigby Street in Wooloowin. After announcing that tenders were being sought to construct stage four of…

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Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton Project Update

Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project that will enhance supply chains and complete the backbone of the national freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Inland Rail will transform the way we move freight around the country, connect regional Australia to markets more efficiently, drive substantial cost savings…

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Chain of Responsibility Incidents: What do I do When Things Go Wrong?

Proper responses to Chain of Responsibility (CoR) incidents are critical to effectively minimise further safety risks to drivers and the public, minimise your exposure to liability and avoid the prospects of repeat incidents in the future. Long gone are the days when transport businesses could ‘fudge’ the gist of their response protocols relating to CoR…

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Queensland’s Most Congested Roads

The state’s peak motoring body RACQ has called on all levels of government to urgently fix the most congested roads and bottlenecks named and shamed by Queenslanders. RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club’s Red Spot Congestion Survey results revealed drivers had nominated more than 450 roads across the State as those which caused unnecessary…

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Townsville Major Contract Awarded

The $193 million Port of Townsville Channel Upgrade Project has taken another major step with a multi-million-dollar rock supply contract awarded to Holcim Australia Pty Ltd. Holcim will supply a significant portion of the rock required to construct the wall that will protect a 62-ha Reclamation Area that will eventually accommodate expanded Port infrastructure. Member…

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Member Project : Aspire Industrial Park : Alder Constructions

CCF QLD is excited to share details on CCF QLD contractor member Alder Constructions’ project, Aspire Industrial Park. CHALLENGES Rock is being experienced in majority of trenches/excavations for services and footings for retaining wall posts. Large machines (up to 50T excavator) have been brought in to assist. SCOPE OF WORKS Energex overhead HV relocation works…

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Promoting a Safe and Healthy Future of Work

Sunday 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day. Promote a safe and healthy workplace and plan and adapt to the future of work at your workplace. This year, Safe Work Australia is promoting a safe and healthy future of work. As digital technologies and automation become more…

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Government’s 30 Year Plan for Transport

Automated vehicles, drones and working towards a zero-emission transport network are in the sights of the Palaszczuk Government as part of its new 30-year plan for transport in the sunshine state. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said consultation was open for the draft Queensland Transport Strategy, which outlines how Queensland will embrace new…

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Community Solutions Apprentices and Trainees Awards

CCF QLD contractor member Hall Contracting has been recognised for its efforts in creating career pathways for young adults, with the business officially named a Host Employer Champion at the Community Solutions Apprentices and Trainees Awards Night held on the Sunshine Coast on Friday, 5 April. Hall Contracting Civil Operations Manager Phillip Carn said the award…

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Construction Underway Smithfield Bypass

One of Queensland’s highest profile infrastructure projects is making headway with construction underway on the Smithfield Bypass. HAJV is a joint venture which includes CCF QLD Member Albem Operations. Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the $152 million State Government-funded, congestion-busting project would significantly reduce traffic on the Captain Cook Highway (CCH) by diverting…

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Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade

A major upgrade to the floodplain that impacts the Bruce Highway at Giru, south of Townsville has commenced.  The appointed contractor is The Infrastructure Group, a joint venture that includes CCF QLD Members, Bielby Holdings, BMD Constructions, JF Hull and Albem Operations. More than half a billion dollars’ worth of safety and flood mitigation works…

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Haughton Pipeline Funds Fast-Tracked

The State Government has fast-tracked $100 million, as part of its $225 million commitment to Townsville’s water security, to keep construction of the Haughton 36.5km water pipeline moving. Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the $100 million payment would go towards supporting up to 1000 jobs over the life of the project. “We all know…

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Cross River Rail Contractors Announced

The State Government has announced the companies that will build the transformational $5.4 billion Cross River Rail Project. The 10.2 kilometre rail line will run from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, with a 5.9 kilometre twin tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD, four new underground stations and upgrades to existing stations. Following a comprehensive…

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New Lord Mayor’s Infrastructure Plans

Brisbane’s new Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner outlined his vision for a cleaner, greener and more active city – including five new green bridges – after his colleagues endorsed him to take over from long-serving Lord Mayor Graham Quirk. Cr Krista Adams was elected as Deputy Mayor. Cr Schrinner became Brisbane’s 17th Lord Mayor – and one…

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Huge Boost to Regional Queensland

Billions of dollars of investment and tens of thousands of jobs are being delivered by the State Government on transport and roads projects in regional Queensland. The Premier told Parliament that over the next four years, the government’s Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program is delivering $12.6 billion in infrastructure outside the Brisbane region, supporting…

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Construction Industry Releases Infrastructure Priorities Platform

The Civil Contractors Federation National (CCF) has released its infrastructure policy platform ahead of an upcoming federal election, calling on a future government to adopt much needed infrastructure policy reform to boost Australian productivity and economic growth. CCF Chief Executive Officer Chris Melham said the industry stands ready to deliver the infrastructure Australians deserve and…

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Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work Amendment (Exemptions) Instrument 2019 (FED)

The Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work Amendment (Exemptions) Instrument 2019 (FED) has recently been released. This instrument amends the definition of ‘Commonwealth funded building work’ in the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016, and to make other consequential amendments. To view the Code, please click here.

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Austroads Publication Updates

The following publication updates have recently been released by Austroads. Please click where relevant for further details. Guide to Road Tunnels Part 2: Planning, Design and Commissioning The Guide to Road Tunnels Part 2 provides guidance to those making decisions in the planning, design, operation and maintenance of new road tunnels in Australia and New…

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Mount Isa Intersection Upgrades

An $8.3 million upgrade of Mount Isa intersections has commenced.  CCF QLD would like to congratulate contractor member BMD Constructions Pty Ltd for being awarded the construction contract. Nine intersections on the Barkly Highway, from Abel Smith Parade to Camooweal Street, will receive safety upgrades under the jointly funded Northern Australia Roads Program (NARP). Deputy…

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New Townsville Promenade

Townsville’s waterfront is set to undergo a major facelift off the back of funding through Round 4 of the State Government’s successful $295 million Building our Regions (BoR) program. The $10.2 million Townsville Waterfront Promenade is receiving $5 million from BoR, with Townsville City Council contributing $5.2 million.  It will support 34 construction jobs. Queensland…

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Warrego Highway Upgrade

Planning is underway for the longer-term upgrade of the Warrego Highway to motorway standard from Dinmore to Helidon Spa, east of Toowoomba. Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said the State Government was getting started on concept planning now to meet future demand. “The four-lane Warrego Highway from Dinmore to Helidon Spa is the backbone…

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‘Coomera Connector’ to Alleviate Congestion

A future road alternative to the M1 between the Gold Coast and the Logan Motorway Interchange has been mapped out after the third and final section of the Coomera Connector was gazetted. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Coomera Connector would provide an important north-to-south transport link for north Gold Coast communities.…

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Black Spot Program

Forty-four dangerous crash sites on Queensland roads will be substantially improved over the next 12 months under funding by the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack and Chair of the Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel and Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced…

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Easing Congestion for Kawana

A new left-out access from Production Avenue to Kawana Way is now complete, marking the next milestone in the State Government’s $22 million investment to upgrade roads in the local area. Ahead of its Governing from the Sunshine Coast program next week, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the new road connection will…

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Warwick and Goondiwindi Funding Benefit

Warwick and Goondiwindi will benefit from almost $2.8 million of the State Government’s $295 million Building our Regions (BoR) program – funding that will ensure the delivery of vital infrastructure for both towns. The Recycled Water for Warwick Industry project is being supported with $2,489,906 from BoR and $2,489,908 from Southern Downs Regional Council, while…

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North Queensland Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference

The North Queensland Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference returns to Townsville next month – register now! The conference brings together a diverse range of educators, doctors, allied health professionals, work health and safety and rehabilitation and return to work professionals. Delve deeply into return to work and injury prevention strategies during break out streams and take…

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Priority Infringement Notice Offences (On-the-Spot Fines)

The Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Policy was developed in response to the 2017 Best Practice Review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. The policy explains how Workplace Health and Safety Queensland uses regulatory enforcement measures, including infringement notices (on-the-spot fines), to ensure duty holders are meeting their legislative duties to keep people safe from harm. There are 240…

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2019 People’s Awards Nominations Now Open!

Nominations are now open for the 2019 People’s Awards! Click below to download the nomination forms which are due by COB 31 May 2019. Construction Industry Person of the Year Nomination Form Site Supervisor of the Year Nomination Form Project Manager of the Year Nomination Form Indigenous Employee of the Year Nomination Form Environmental and…

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Casual Loading Offset Regulation Threatened by Disallowance Motion

Senator Cameron has tabled a motion to disallow the Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulation 2018 to void its effect. Following the outcome of the Workpac v Skene decision, the Casual Loading Offset Regulation permits payments of a clearly identifiable casual loading to be offset against a claim for permanent employment entitlements under the NES. If…

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CCF QLD Committee Expressions of Interest Now Open

CCF QLD would like to remind members that Expressions of Interest for the following CCF QLD committees have been extended. Click on the below documents for details. CCF QLD IRHR in Civil Construction Committee EOI CCF QLD Local Government Committee EOI Please contact us on 1300 CCF QLD or lweier@ccfqld.com for more information on the…

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Barcaldine-Aramac Road Upgrade Commenced

Barcaldine work crews will roll out the bitumen when they start works this week on the $2.09 million Barcaldine-Aramac Road upgrade. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said as an important link for the region’s residents and local cattle industry, the State Government would widen and seal a 6.5km stretch of Barcaldine-Aramac Road to…

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Flood Recovery – Local Supplier Database and Assistance Programs Available

The North Queensland Flood Register, which will allow homeowners impacted by the recent flooding event to search for licensed contractors who are available to help with repairs to make homes safe, secure and habitable, was launched by the QBCC late Friday afternoon. The register is now open for licensed contractors, including licensed asbestos removers and electrical…

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Know Your Community – Key Insights into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders

Know Your Community – Key insights into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, is a new tool which enables anyone to build a community profile containing information and data about Queensland’s first nation peoples and the communities they live in. Whether you are developing a business case for investment opportunities, seeking information about regional employment rates,…

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Safety Works Commenced on the Bruce Highway, North of Gin Gin

Safety upgrades have started along a 2.4-kilometre section of the Bruce Highway located about 1.5 kilometres north of Gin Gin in the Bundaberg region.  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $8.23 million jointly funded works would improve safety and efficiency for all road users. “These works…

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QH & M Birt Engage Pickles Industrial for Large Asset Disposal

Pickles Industrial has been providing tailored remarketing solutions to Australian businesses for over 50 years and has a strong track record in delivering market leading results when engaged for standalone onsite auctions. For over 40 years, QH & M Birt has been one of Queensland’s largest family owned civil and mining services contractors. Due to…

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Contractors Shortlisted for Bruce Highway Duplication South of Cairns

Safer travel on the Bruce Highway between Edmonton and Gordonvale in Far North Queensland is a step closer with two tenderers invited to participate in the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) phase for the Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3 project. Some of the shortlisted tenderers for the ECI phase are CCF QLD members Seymour…

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Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery List 2019

The Roads to Recovery Program supports the maintenance of the nation’s local road infrastructure asset, which facilitates greater access for Australians and improved safety, economic and social outcomes. From the 2013 to 2014 financial year to the 2021 to 2022 financial year the Australian Government pledged to provide $4.8 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program.…

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Applications Open for $500 Million in Water Infrastructure Funding

State and territory governments are urged to apply for a share of $500 million for new water infrastructure projects, which have the potential to transform regional communities and economies. Applications will open on 21 January 2019 under the expanded capital component of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure,…

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Changes to Authorisation to Issue Construction Induction Cards (White Cards)

Changes to the Conditions of agreement for registered training organisations to issue general construction induction training cards will take effect from 1 February 2019. In December 2016 CPCCOHS1001A – Work safely in the construction industry was superseded by CPCCWHS1001 – Prepare to work safely in the construction industry. The new course included additional assessment requirements…

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Latest Work-Related Fatality Data Released

The work-related traumatic injury fatalities, Australia, 2017 report from Safe Work Australia provides the latest national statistics on all workers and bystanders fatally injured at work. Key findings include: The fatality rate has decreased by 48 per cent since 2007 (from 3.0 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2007 to 1.5 in 2017). 190 workers were fatally…

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Infrastructure Pipeline Report Released

Building Queensland has recently published its latest Infrastructure Pipeline Report detailing the work occurring across Queensland Government assessing major infrastructure projects. The Infrastructure Pipeline Report demonstrates that projects that support higher levels of productivity and enhance social and environmental outcomes are progressing through the planning stages. Part 1 of the report outlines unfunded infrastructure priorities and provides…

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$450M Hive Project in Townsville is Primed for Development

The Townsville City Council announced on Christmas Eve that it had provided the approvals for The Hive, a mixed use project proposed for almost an entire city block fronting The Strand and taking in Flinders, King and Wickham Streets. For more information, please click here.

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Safe Work Australia Data Reports Released

Safe Work Australia have recently published five data reports: Comparative Performance Monitoring report 20th edition Part 1 – Work Health and Safety Performance Comparative performance monitoring report 20th edition Part 2 –  Work health and safety compliance and enforcement activities Work-related traumatic injury fatalities, Australia, 2017 Australian Worker’s Compensation Statistics 2016-17, and Comparison of workers’…

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QDesign the New Roadmap for Cities of the Future

New guidelines released by the Palaszczuk Government today will help ensure the state’s unique lifestyle remains the envy of the nation. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the QDesign report would help shape the quality, character and experience of Queensland’s streets, parks, open spaces and buildings for years to come. “Good…

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2019 Industry Training Awards Submissions Open

Civil Contractors Federation Queensland Limited (CCF QLD) is excited to announce that submissions for the 2019 Industry Training Awards are now open! Click on the relevant nomination form/s below for more information. Once completed, please return to qldevents@ccfqld.com before COB 31 May 2019. 2019 ITA Nomination Form – Cert III 2019 ITA Nomination Form – Cert IV…

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Civil Contractors Tendering and Local Buy Information Sessions

Local Buy in association with the Civil Contractors Federation Queensland Limited are hosting three events in January 2019 to educate local businesses about how to do business with Government. The Local Buy Pre-Qualified Supplier Contract for Roadworks and Civil Construction will be released in February 2019 and this event features a pre-tender briefing. This contract…

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2019 Earth Awards Submissions Open

Civil Contractors Federation Queensland Limited (CCF QLD) is excited to announce that submissions for the 2019 Earth Awards are now open! Please download and complete the Earth Awards Expression of Interest Form 2019 and return to qldevents@ccfqld.com. Once returned you will receive your copy of the awards submission guidelines to assist in preparing your submission/s which are…

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Townsville Pipeline Funding to be Fast-Tracked

The Queensland Government intends to fast-track funding for the $225 million Haughton pipeline to ensure long-term water security for Townsville, as part of the Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Review. Deputy Premier and Treasurer, Jackie Trad said funding of $160 million – up from $15 million – will now be provided in 2018-19, with a further…

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Historic Day as Western Half of Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Opens

The western section of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) has opened to traffic for the first time, marking a major milestone for one of the state’s largest infrastructure projects and for Queensland’s largest inland city. Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack said the completion of work on the western section of…

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Cairns Shipping Development Project Business Case Approved

The Queensland Government has approved a business case for the Cairns Shipping Development Project, backing a $127 million jobs bonanza for Far North Queensland. Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the upgrade to the Port of Cairns would open major economic opportunities across the region. “This project passed one of the most rigorous environmental reviews in Australia” Mr Healy said. “By increasing the size…

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New Security of Payment Legislation in Queensland: Are You Prepared?

On 17 December 2018, Chapter 3 of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (the Act) commenced in Queensland in place of the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld). It brings with it a raft of significant reforms to the State’s security of payment laws. Key Changes Under the new legislation, there is no longer…

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McIlwain and SGQ Joint Venture Awarded Contract

Congratulations to CCF QLD members McIlwain Civil Engineering and SGQ QLD on being awarded the contract for the combined delivery of the $121 million Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade project and the $36 million Terranova Drive Intersection safety works. The Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade and Terranova Drive Intersection safety works will focus on addressing safety and…

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Happy Holidays

With the festive season now in full swing, the CCF QLD and Civil Train QLD teams would like to wish all of our members, clients and friends a very safe and happy holidays. We would like to thank you for the continued support you have shown us over the last twelve months and we look forward to…

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Master Industry Code of Practice

The Industry Master Code represents an industry-led risk-based safety and compliance framework and provides a set of national standards and procedures developed to assist parties in the chain of responsibility to identify and mitigate risks to meet their obligations under the HVNL. The Industry Master Code is freely available to all heavy vehicle operators and…

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Mackay Regional Council Annual Report Released

Mackay Regional Council have recently released their Annual Report. In summary, their 150 road maintenance workers: Maintained 2942 roads, including 1048 rural roads and 1894 urban roads. That equates to 2451km, comprising 690km of urban roads, 1761km of rural roads including 915km of unsealed roads. Repaired or replaced 2593 roadside signs Cleaned and maintained 242km…

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Geotechnical Work Underway on Inland Rail

The 1700 kilometre Inland Rail project is moving ahead with ground-breaking geotechnical work underway for one of the most technically complex segments of nation-building project. The Gowrie to Kagaru section of Inland Rail in Queensland of about 130km will require 8.5km of tunnels to be built through the Toowoomba, Teviot and Liverpool ranges to reduce…

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New Digital Enablement for Queensland Infrastructure – Principles for BIM Implementation Policy Released

Queensland Government’s infrastructure of the future will now be delivered using more efficient digital methods thanks to the implementation of building information modelling (BIM) principles. BIM is an intelligent 3D model-based process that digitally presents physical features and characteristics of buildings, infrastructure and environment. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said…

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NQ Business Forum Promotes $700m Pipeline

Supply chain and work opportunities associated with a pipeline of more than $700 million in major construction projects were promoted to local businesses in Townsville Tuesday. Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the final Townsville Industry Breakfast (TIB) of 2018 showcased key projects and investment opportunities that will help deliver economic growth and jobs for…

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Congratulations to the 2018 CCF National Earth Awards Winners

CCF QLD would like to congratulate the winners of the 2018 CCF National Earth Awards including Queensland entrants Rio Tinto, Bechtel, Jacobs and McConnell Dowell who took out the Project Value Greater than $75M category for their Amrun Chith Export Facility project in Far North Queensland. Celebrating 25 years, the CCF National Earth Awards Gala…

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North Queensland Stadium Project Milestone

The North Queensland Stadium construction team is on track to induct its 1000th employee by the end of the year. And in a major boost for local employment, almost 99 per cent of construction work carried out so far has been done by locals, with a high rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation.…

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We’ve Passed the Halfway Point of Movember!

We’ve passed the halfway point of Movember! CCF QLD’s James Burgess is raising funds and awareness this Movember to support causes addressing prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. Prostate Cancer More men are surviving prostate cancer than ever before – in fact, survival rates in Australia have increased by 30% in…

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Consultation Starts on Townsville Port’s 2050 Vision

Townsville residents now have a chance to have a say in the future of their port. Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the Port of Townsville was a critical regional hub, transporting goods into north Queensland, driving economic growth and generating jobs. “That’s why we are encouraging the people of Townsville to have their say…

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New Technology to Make Workplace Gender Reporting Easier

The Federal Government is investing in a new system to make workplace gender reporting easier. The Government will provide $8 million for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) to upgrade its reporting and data management system to improve reporting on Australia’s workplace gender equality. The upgrade will enable WGEA to better sort and analyse the…

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Inland Rail on Track for Condamine Crossing

The Federal Government is continuing to roll-out the Brisbane to Melbourne Inland Rail project with the release of a preliminary design for the Condamine floodplain crossing. The draft proposal was presented by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to the Southern Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee (CCC) yesterday at Brookstead in Queensland, to begin a…

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The Spit Master Plan Options Report Released

The Palaszczuk Government has released an options report for The Spit Master Plan identifying 72 options across seven precincts. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the options paper had been developed through extensive consultation with hundreds of Gold Coast residents, local businesses, stakeholders and community representatives. “For many years, the…

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Community to Get a Peek at Proposed Petrie Intersection Upgrade

Locals are invited to provide feedback on a preferred design for the Petrie Roundabout Upgrade at the Anzac Avenue, Dayboro Road and Gympie Road intersection. Member for Kurwongbah Shane King said input from residents in the area and road users would be critical in shaping the design solution for the $30 million upgrade. “The Petrie…

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New International Standards to Increase Driver Safety

Forklift users across the country stand to benefit from intended safety improvements outlined in several International Standards recently adopted in Australia with more to come over the next 12 months. A number of International Standards governing industrial trucks (forklifts) have recently been adopted as Australian Standards following extensive stakeholder consultation. The International Standards adopted have…

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Consultation Opens on Proposed Changes to Townsville SDA Development Scheme

Townsville residents are invited to have their say on proposed changes to the Townsville State Development Area (SDA) development scheme. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, said the updated development scheme will ensure the Townsville SDA supports development opportunities, economic growth and job creation for the greater Townsville region. “A development…

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Queensland Government to Declare Cairns South a Special Economic Zone

The Queensland Government will declare an 856-hectare parcel of land south of Cairns a State Development Area (SDA) to support the future growth and diversification of the Cairns economy. The proposed Cairns South SDA is east of the Bruce Highway and north of Gordonvale at Wrights Creek. Encourage the Cairns community to be able to…

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New Online Dashboard for Monitoring South East Queensland Growth

The Palaszczuk Government today launched an Australian-first new online dashboard vital to planning for South East Queensland’s projected population growth over the next 25 years. ShapingSEQ, the new regional plan for the SEQ corner was released last year supported by 36 implementation actions. The new online dashboard, called ‘Measures that Matter’, is one of the…

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Sunshine Coast Major Projects

The Sunshine Coast offers investors the opportunity to be part of a location experiencing some of the most exciting developments in Australia at this time. Region-building ventures in new infrastructure projects and development precincts include: The development of Australia’s only greenfield city centre within an existing urban area at Maroochydore (underway) The expansion of the Sunshine…

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Black Business Finder

Black Business Finder (BBF) is an online database established to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses an opportunity to be involved and benefit from the rapidly expanding major project program currently under way in Queensland. The Queensland Government commissioned the Industry Capability Network (ICN) Queensland, a division of QMI Solutions, to develop the BBF database…

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Safety Incident Alert: 24 October 2018

In October 2018, two workers in an excavation were injured when a 1350mm diameter concrete stormwater pipe toppled over. They were installing a short 500mm length of the large diameter pipe by abutting the pipe up to the end of a recently laid pipe and using timber and sandbags as chocks to support the pipe…

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Queensland ‘Well and Truly Out of the Mining Downturn’: Deloitte

Deloitte Access Economics’ September 2018 business review forecasts Queensland’s LNG industry as one of three big catalysts for an economy that is now “well and truly through the gloom years” of the mining investment downturn. Queensland is set to become the world’s second-largest gas exporter with its multibillion-dollar-a-year liquid natural gas export businesses booming, the…

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SGQ Pty Ltd Installation of Safety Barriers on Bruce Highway

Safety improvements on the Bruce Highway are continuing, with barriers now being installed on the Sunshine Coast. Local company SGQ Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract for barrier installation between the Sunshine Motorway interchange and Cooroy. This infrastructure upgrade will provide safety barriers in the centre median for the whole stretch of highway running…

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Queensland Attracts More New Apprentices and Trainees

Data released this week shows Queensland continues to buck national trends with increases in apprenticeship and traineeship commencements. Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said the latest Emerging Apprenticeship and Traineeship Trend data shows the growing number of apprentice (4%) and trainee (5%) commencements in Queensland in the 12 months to the end…

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RIIWHS302D – IMPLEMENT TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN: 5 NOVEMBER TOWNSVILLE

The Traffic Management Implementation (formerly Level 2) course is designed to teach people how to read, interpret, and implement traffic management plans, as well as provide them with the knowledge on how to set up and remove traffic signs and devices, while ensuring traffic flow is maintained and safety of the public is maximized, in…

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RIIWHS202D – ENTER AND WORK IN CONFINED SPACES : 6 NOVEMBER TOWNSVILLE

This unit covers the entering and working in confined spaces in resources and infrastructure industries. It includes planning and preparing for entry of confined spaces; entry and working in confined spaces, exiting confined spaces and cleaning up. This unit specifies the competency required to work in a confined space (enclosed or partially enclosed) for the…

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ARTC Seeks Partner for Queensland Inland Rail Projects

A Registration of Interest (ROI) process for a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to build an iconic section of the Inland Rail is set to deliver significant innovation in Queensland. Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is continuing to gauge market appetite for the once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver the…

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Shute Harbour Restoration Project Information Session

Whitsunday Regional Council in Queensland invites the construction industry to an Information Session regarding the Shute Harbour Restoration Project, currently in detailed design. The Information Session will be held on Thursday 18 October 2018, between 2pm – 5pm, at Mantra Club Croc in Cannonvale. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the Project,…

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Queensland Mental Health Week 2018 Wrap-Up

Queensland Mental Health Week is an annual event which aims to increase awareness and interest in positive mental health and wellbeing across the state. World Mental Health Day has been held from the 6th to 14th October with the Week’s theme focusing on the need to value mental health – with six steps: Be active…

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CCF QLD Environmental and Sustainability Committee

CCF QLD  would like to welcome the members of our newly formed CCF QLD Environmental and Sustainability Committee: James Burgess – CCF QLD Ray Crampton – Commercial Marine Group Ian Nelson – Advanced Environmental Services Mitch Bruger – Advanced Environmental Services Alison Price – Soil Cyclers Leanne Weier – CCF QLD Michael Sayers – CCA…

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Townsville2020

The Townsville2020 masterplan sets out a clear vision for the city of Townsville. Creating world-class experiences in our city will drive economic growth through new investment and greater tourism spending, while improving the unique Townsville lifestyle for locals. Townsville2020 is about enhancing the city, not trying to change it. The City Placemaker/Masterplanner plays a pivotal…

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CSQ Funding Now Available

Civil Train QLD is pleased to announce that CSQ funding is now available for selected Civil Train QLD courses running between October 2018 and September 2019. Please click on the below documents for information on available courses. Flyer – Higher Level Skills – Civil 1819 Flyer – Short Courses 1819 For more information, please phone…

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Peak Construction Body Welcomes Report into Infrastructure Construction Market

On 25 September 2018, Australia’s peak representative body for the Civil Construction industry welcomed the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack that he has commissioned a report into Federal Government procurement policy in the infrastructure construction sector. Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) Chief Executive Officer Chris Melham said the Government’s $75 billion 10-year infrastructure investment…

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Safety Incident Alerts: 26 September 2018

The following safety incident alerts have recently been released. Please click where relevant for further details. Fatality involving an articulated dump truck: an operator of an articulated dump truck was working at a quarry with his last load of the day. Moving fully loaded down the access ramp, it appears he lost control of the…

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New NQ Tenders: 26 September 2018

The following tenders have recently been released for North Queensland. Please click where applicable for further details. GRC008026 (Current) Tender 58-19 Construction of Boat Ramp and Access Issued by Gladstone Regional Council Category: Building and Facility Construction and Maintenance Services, Structures and Building and Construction and Manufacturing Components and Supplies closing 18 Oct, 2018 2:00…

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New SEQ Tenders: 26 September 2018

The following tenders have recently been released for South East Queensland. Please click where applicable for further details. BW42118 (Current) Invitation to Offer Ipswich Motorway (U16) – Pavement Rehabilitation Project Tender Issued by Department of Transport and Main Roads UNSPSC: Building and Construction and Maintenance Services – (100%) closing 11 Oct, 2018 4:00 PM CN9379…

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CCF QLD Diversity in Civil Construction – Mission Statement

The new CCF QLD Diversity in Civil Construction Mission Statement highlights the core values of inclusion, knowledge, opportunity and leadership. In addition, it outlines how diversity provides a range of economic benefits for businesses through increased innovation, flexibility and the promotion of competence regardless of background or circumstance. Please view the CCF QLD Diversity Committee…

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Registrations Now Open : 2019 CCF QLD State Conference in Cairns

CCF QLD is excited to announce that registrations are now open for the 2019 CCF QLD State Conference : Let’s Get Topical, to be held in Cairns. The conference will include confirmed speakers: Merv Hughes, Mick Ackery and Daniel Weis. The 2019 conference will include a number of activities in addition to the full day…

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Safety Alert Issued Stating that Dry Cutting of Engineered Stone is Prohibited

Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace MP has issued an urgent safety warning stating that dry cutting of engineered stone is prohibited. “Any employer engaging in dry cutting of this product must stop immediately,” Ms Grace said. “Enforcement action will be taken against any employer who fails to adequately to protect its workers.” “Due to…

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‘The Minister for National Settlement’: Inquiry Recommendation

The Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities has delivered its latest inquiry report: Building Up and Moving Out. The report addresses the Australian Government’s role in the development of cities, including future cities. The report’s key finding is that the country needs “a national plan of settlement” to address many developing national challenges, including:…

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Have Your Say on the Future of VET in Queensland

The Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman has released a discussion paper Skills for Queensland which seeks feedback on how to shape the vocational education and training (VET) sector in Queensland. Vocational Education and Training delivers real results for Queenslanders and has a proven track record…

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Toll Roads Inquiry Hands Down Findings

On 13th September, the Queensland Parliament’s Transport and Public Works Committee tabled the Committee Report – Inquiry into the operation of Toll Roads in Queensland. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Parliamentary Inquiry into toll roads had attracted almost 200 submissions, with many of those focused on customer service issues and fees and…

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Warrego Highway Upgrade Program Extended

Three more upgrades to Queensland’s Warrego Highway are set to be funded, with a total of eighteen now funded under the Federal and Queensland Governments’ Warrego Highway Upgrade Program. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said an initial fifteen approved projects were identified and funded under the $635…

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Infrastructure Upgrade for M1 Northbound Exit at Pimpama

A $1.5 million infrastructure upgrade is due to start at the Pacific Motorway (M1) Exit 49 northbound off-ramp at Pimpama. These works aim to support more capacity at the northbound off-ramp and also involve the installation of roundabout metering at the Rifle Range Road and Yawalpah Road roundabouts. The roundabout metering technology aims to control…

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Construction of Rookwood Weir Now One Step Closer

Construction of Rookwood Weir has taken another step forward with the Australian and Queensland governments moving closer towards finalising arrangements for the project’s development and operations. The Australian and Queensland governments are working to a timeline where the Weir’s construction is due to commence in the 2019 dry season and be completed by late 2021.…

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Upgrade of Mackay Intersection

An upgrade at one of Mackay’s busiest intersections at Nebo Road and Lagoon Street is set to deliver quicker and smoother trips for motorists using the Bruce Highway. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the improvements would ease congestion and cut travel times. “The Australian Government has…

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Updates to Road Safety Barrier Systems, End Treatments and Other Related Road Safety Devices

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has recently updated the ‘Road Safety Barrier Systems, End Treatments and other related Road Safety Devices: Assessed as accepted for use on state controlled roads in Queensland’. Changes in the September 2018 (Version 2): The inclusion of a new section Guidelines on specifying Barrier Systems in Contracts…

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TMR Technical Publication News

New Technical Note – TN176 Vinyl Sheet Piles TN176 specifies the design criteria of Vinyl Sheet Piles in departmental projects, limited to short term, emergency applications, such as: to control water in flood prone areas to prevent soil erosion retaining walls for securing shallow excavations sites with limited access for heavy machinery (which exclude the use of…

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Safe Work Month Resources

This year’s Safe Work Month theme is “A moment is all it takes”. While a safety incident can happen in a moment and in any workplace, a moment’s forethought can prevent harm. Click here to access a range of resources you can utilise this year for Safe Work Month.

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FNQ Regional Projects Forum

Are you a supplier interested in securing work on regional projects? This event is your chance to learn about current and upcoming projects in FNQ and related supply chain opportunities, while gaining valuable market intelligence. Keynote speaker Construction Skills Queensland Director Evidence and Data Robert Sobyra – Far North Queensland construction industry outlook Projects featured…

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New NQ Tenders: 12 September 2018

The following tenders have recently been released for the north Queensland region. Please click on the title of the tender for further information. FSC007954 (Current) 102.2018.26 – Supply and Delivery of Grader Issued by Flinders Shire Council Category: Graders closing 25 Sep, 2018 2:00 PM WSC007953 (Current) Supply of 3 Wet Hire 20t Multi Tyre…

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New SEQ Tenders: 12 September 2018

The following tenders have recently been released for the south east Queensland region. Please click on the title of the tender for further information. SDRC007955 (Current) 18_169 Supply And Delivery Of One (1) New Dry Hired Self Propelled Pad Foot Roller. Issued by Southern Downs Regional Council Category: Rollers closing 26 Sep, 2018 2:00 PM…

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$9.5 Million Yamala Upgrades to Kick Off CQ Inland Port

A $9.5 million rail and road upgrade at Yamala backed by funding of $4.4 million from Government and $695 thousand from Central Highlands Regional Council signals the first step towards the Central Queensland (CQ) Inland Port. The works are to build a 1.5km dead-end rail siding capable of handling 42 wagons, upgrade the Bonnie Doon…

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Townsville Port Expansion – Channel Widening Project

The Commonwealth Government has committed to invest $75 million to the Townsville Port. Delivered over six years, the Townsville Port Expansion project is estimated to create 120 full time jobs during construction, support 245 ongoing jobs throughout Queensland and provide more than $380 million in benefits over the next 40 years. This Port of Townsville…

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Skilling 32,000 Queenslanders for Work

The ‘Skilling Queenslanders for Work’ initiative has assisted 32,800 people into training and jobs. Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said more than 73 per cent of people who completed one of the projects funded through the initiative in 2016 had reached a positive outcome – found a job, taken on further training…

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$500 Million for Better Rural and Regional Roads in Queensland

The Federal Labor Opposition have pledged $500 million funding to deliver the upgrade of Queensland’s inland road network, including 3000 kilometres of roads and up to 300 bridges. Queensland is Australia’s most decentralised state with half of Queensland’s economic activity taking place outside of Brisbane. Federal Labor Opposition proposed to focus on: the Barkly Highway…

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Works Begin on Innisfail Intersection Improvements on the Bruce Highway

Upgrade works have begun at several key intersections at Ash and Pine streets in Innisfail along Queensland’s Bruce Highway and are part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program. The Bruce Highway is a key regional link for our freight industry and these works will help build a safer highway with greater capacity and reliability for…

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Brisbane–Beenleigh Road (Kingston Road)

Design is now underway on upgrades to two intersections on Brisbane–Beenleigh Road (Kingston Road) thanks to an $11.2 million commitment from the Palaszczuk Government. “Of the $11.2 million allocation, about $7.3 million will be for extra turning lanes at the intersection of Kingston and Compton roads,” Member for Waterford Ms Fentiman said. “This means more…

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Beames Brook Bridge Construction under the Bridges Renewal Program

Construction has started on the $5.97 million replacement of Beames Brook Bridge on Wills Developmental Road, 27 kilometres south of Burketown, Queensland. The new bridge would better connect regional Gulf of Carpentaria communities. Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said, “The bridge will be a fit-for-purpose structure…

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Improving Heavy Vehicle Productivity and Safety Across Australia

The Commonwealth Government announced 93 road upgrade projects which will share in a total of $132.5 million in funding under Round Six of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program. Of the 93 road projects, more than 60 per cent will be undertaken by local councils. The productivity improvements stemming from the more efficient movement…

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Gabba Station – Cross River Rail Infrastructure Project

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad unveiled a concept for the future of the precinct around the Gabba including a land bridge to span Main Street providing a ‘front door’ for sports fans Ms Trad said fans will begin accessing the Gabba via the new Cross River Rail underground station in 2024 which would also…

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Results Released : Excellence in Civil Construction Awards

The CCF QLD Excellence in Civil Construction Awards were held on Friday 7 September 2018 at The Star Gold Coast. CCF QLD would like to congratulate all finalists and winners recognised at the ceremony across the Industry Training Awards, People’s Awards and Earth Awards categories as detailed below: Industry Training Awards Certificate III Student of…

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Project Bank Accounts

CCF QLD noticed that there has been confusion regarding the implementation of Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) on civil projects.  As such, CCF QLD attended The Department of Housing and Public Works information session yesterday about the establishment of PBAs. From 1st March 2018, projects tendered by the Queensland Government will use PBAs on building and…

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Safe Work Month Breakfast Forums

Work health and safety professionals and business leaders are invited to attend Safe Work Month Breakfast Forums held throughout Queensland in October. This year’s forums feature an extended program and a networking opportunity to maximise your professional development. The forums are a must for frontline professionals working in safety, and will feature: keynote speaker Kieran…

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CCF QLD WHS Forum : 25 September 2018

The CCF QLD WHS Forum on the 25th of September will discuss the Chain of Responsibility changes to legislation which will be effective as of the 1st of October. This forum has attracted a large amount of interest and there are limited seats remaining. To book in, please contact Manager – Client Services,  Leanne Weier…

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Heart Attack Awareness on Site

What is a heart attack? A heart attack happens when there is a sudden complete blockage of an artery that supplies blood to an area of your heart. As a result, some of your heart muscle begins to die. Without early medical treatment, this damage can be permanent. Heart attack warning signs vary With a…

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Application of AS/NZS 3012 to Construction Site Temporary Buildings

AS/NZS 3012 applies to temporary buildings on construction sites.  This includes, for example, office and amenity buildings, toilets and lunch rooms. It only applies to on-site buildings, not off-site buildings or offices. This means that the more rigorous testing and tagging requirements applied to electrical equipment on construction sites applies to electrical equipment in the…

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Securing the Success of Your Project : Reviewing Contracts

The construction contract you prepare or sign up to has a big impact on the success of your project. Preparing or reviewing that contract properly and in context is therefore fundamental to your success. In the first of a series of articles on procurement and contracts, we set out below some reminders as to how…

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RIIWHS202D – ENTER AND WORK IN CONFINED SPACES : 18 September Townsville

This unit covers the entering and working in confined spaces in resources and infrastructure industries. It includes planning and preparing for entry of confined spaces; entry and working in confined spaces, exiting confined spaces and cleaning up. This unit specifies the competency required to work in a confined space (enclosed or partially enclosed) for the…

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RIIWHS204D – WORK SAFETLY AT HEIGHTS : 20 September Townsville

This unit covers working at heights in the resources and infrastructure industries. It includes identifying the work requirements, the names and functions of equipment, components and materials including manufacturer’s instructions and specifications, safe shifting and handling of tools and materials, relevant statutory and regulatory authority requirements, the nature of work undertaken a height, height safety…

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Safety Incident Alerts: 29 August 2018

The following safety incident alerts have recently been released. Please click where relevant for further details. Rock grab falls from trailer: A recent high potential incident involving the uncontrolled movement of a rock grab attachment as it was being unloaded from a semi-trailer has highlighted several risk management shortfalls. View the SEE Civil Safety Alert for…

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