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WA unveils $27B pipeline of works

The Victorian Government has credited its Big Build as one of the drivers of its job creation boom.

The Western Australian Government has released a $27 billion pipeline of works to deliver infrastructure and sustainable economic stimulus projects.

The pipeline will be a continually updated four-year forward work plan of WA Government infrastructure projects that have a budget of more than $1.5 million.

The value of infrastructure projects is forecast to total $27.1 billion through to 2023-24 and is fully funded within the 2020-21 State Budget, extending on key projects from the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan.

Infrastructure projects for each region of WA will be listed and include details on timing, regional location, industry type and the agency responsible for the project, along with contact information.

The pipeline will feature 1430 state infrastructure projects, with major projects to be initiated across all regions.

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Opportunities to participate in government tenders as contractors or sub-contractors will be available for WA businesses of all sizes.

A central point of information for will be available for all major WA Government infrastructure programs.

The pipeline will also inform businesses’ decisions on workforce development initiatives such as government funding for apprenticeships and traineeships, and free TAFE short courses.

It also includes enhancements that aim to simplify processes, strengthen accountability measures required of WA Government agencies, and create better outcomes for WA businesses and communities, including more local jobs.

The Pipeline of Work website will initially list WA Recovery Plan infrastructure projects, valued at $2.2 billion. The list will be expanded and updated as the site is developed.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said the Pipeline of Work will provide local businesses across the State with increased opportunities to participate in major upcoming State Government tendering.

“As a government, we recognise the long-term planning and workforce development required for businesses to be successful in tendering for WA Government contracts.

“The Pipeline of Work is a targeted initiative to ensure WA businesses have access to the information that will enable them to build the capabilities of their businesses and win work.

“We have prioritised spending on infrastructure as an investment for the future, including upgrades to road, rail and port facilities; the introduction of increased access to water; construction and refurbishment of schools and TAFEs; and additions to our housing stock throughout WA.”

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