After a 19-month construction program, Seymour Whyte Constructions delivered the Townsville Ring Road Section 4project six months ahead of schedule. The new road, the final link in the Townsville Ring Road project, was officially opened on 12 December 2016 by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Senator Matt Canavan and Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey.
Mr Bailey said the project had provided a significant boost to the Townsville economy since it commenced construction in March 2015.
“This project had a strong focus on local employment by sourcing local products and services. This allowed the construction team to save on transport costs and keep money within the community,” he said.
“Principal contractor Seymour Whyte sourced more than 80 per cent of labour, plant, subcontractors and materials for this project locally, pumping about $106 million into the local economy. In addition, all fill was sourced from local quarries, making a significant contribution to local businesses and supporting local employment.”
Seymour Whyte Operations Manager Northern Will MacDonald said that from the outset, the project team’s vision was to engage all parties along the journey of delivering this vital infrastructure for Townsville.
“Being a locally based contractor with a large number of local staff, our aim was to construct a road that every person associated with the project would be proud to drive along with their families. As such, we invested significant effort in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and all stakeholders, suppliers and subcontractors.”
The $200 million project was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, with a contract value of $120 million.
Dignitaries gather for the Townville Ring Road Section 4 official opening: From left to right – Member for Herbert Cathy O’Toole, Deputy Mayor of Townsville Cr Les Walker, Shadow Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Anthony Albanese, Senator Matthew Canavan, Member for Townsville Scott Stewart, Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey, Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke, Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper, Cr Paul Jacob and traditional owner Ashley Saltner, who also worked on the project.