Local jobs will flow
Townsville contractors have vowed to support local jobs during the construction of the Haughton pipeline duplication project.
Three locally operating companies – SMEC, GHD and UDP (now trading as Premise) – were awarded the first major contracts to build the $215 million project during a Townsville City Council meeting this week.
Executive director of project managers Premise – Pat Brady – said the council’s decision to award the contracts to local firms was a win for the city.
“The Haughton Pipeline project will offer significant stimulus to our local economy and will offer ongoing employment prospects for skilled workers living in the region,” he said.
Mr Brady said he was “proud to be contributing” to the major infrastructure project.
“Premise is an employee owned company, with over 30 permanent team members who live and work in Townsville, and actively contribute to our community,” he said.
Mr Brady said local businesses would “benefit greatly” from the pipeline duplication scheme.
“Not only will the pipeline provide long-term water security for Townsville, it will revitalise the city’s manufacturing industries,” he said.
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Originally published by The Townsville Bulletin, Reporter Clare Armstrong.