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Original Post Date : Tuesday 24th March 2020

NO SHUTDOWN OF CIVIL CONSTRUCTION SITES

CCF QLD members and industry are advised that there was NO shutdown of the building and construction industry announced following the meeting of the National Cabinet on COVID-19 (which comprises the PM, State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers) on 22 March 2020.

The Prime Minister last week included building and construction sites as an Essential Service and there has been no change to this status.

As part of this meeting the Prime Minister also announced new social distancing measures, including restrictions on the operations of pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes that come into effect from yesterday.

It is understood that some procedures will need to change in order to abide by the new social distancing measures however we have been assuring all levels of government that this is possible on all of our sites and that we are committed to addressing this and keeping workers and employees safe during this testing time.

CCF National has been lobbying the Federal Government in regards to providing appropriate stimulus packages to support our industry. The second round of Federal Government’s stimulus packages were announced late last week and include a number of measures that will help to keep the sector operating. The stimulus packages announced for the commercial and civil construction industry specifically are below:

  • Bring forward spend on approved infrastructure projects (infrastructure is used in its broadest sense to include heath, education, community, social, remote and defence) but also bring forward milestone payments. That is, bring forward expenditure that has already been allocated in the forward estimates.
  • Identify new infrastructure projects (infrastructure is used in its broadest sense to include heath, education, community, social, remote and defence) with an initial focus on refurbishments or maintenance.
  • Recommend officials keep the work packages small and not transfer all risk which will increase the number of SME businesses that can tender.
  • Contribution towards cladding rectification on commercial buildings.
  • Work with State and Territory Governments to fast track planning approvals.
  • Bring forward spend on approved Transport infrastructure projects but also bring forward milestone payments. Recommend officials don’t bundle the contracts or transfer all risk which will increase the number of SME businesses that can tender.
  • Expand eligibility and funding for civil infrastructure development of housing estates (currently undertaken through NHIF in limited form) to incentivise developers to release land supply to make it shovel ready for housing.
  • Work with State and Territory Governments to fast track planning.

 

Click here to see the full media release sent out by CCF National in response to the above. CCF both locally and nationally will continue to advocate on your behalf to ensure that our industry keeps moving. To provide feedback on the above please contact our office on 1300 CCF QLD.