Cairns Convention Centre Roof To Be Restored

Cairns Convention Centre Roof To Be Restored

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt

$13 Million Cairns Convention Centre Roof Contract Signed 

Victor P Taffa

Around 100 local jobs will be supported in the Cairns community after the awarding of the $13 Million contract to restore and rebuild parts of the Cairns Convention Centre roof.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said Paynter Dixon had been awarded the contract as part of the Government’s accelerated works program.

“Having a renowned company such as Paynter Dixon ready to engage 100 local workers is a win for the Cairns community.” Treasurer Pitt said.

“We’ve stipulated in the contract that both skilled and unskilled labourers from the Far North are to be given priority and employed wherever possible.”

“There will be 100% local employment in the painting, concreting, demolition, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, waterproofing and crane operating teams.” Treasurer Pitt said.

“Additionally there’ll be 20 local roofers, 10 local scaffolders and two local roof safety experts employed to work alongside specialists from Brisbane.”

“It was disappointing to learn that the only tendering company headquartered in Cairns withdrew its submission, but a tender evaluation panel has ensured the best bid got this contract.” Treasurer Pitt said.

The Queensland Government had previously invited two Cairns-based firms to apply for the tender, but they declined.

Cairns MP Rob Pyne said he looked forward to seeing workers out on site.

“The roof replacement and refurbishment is needed after 20 years of exposure to the elements and cyclones.” Mr. Pyne said.

“Other key elements of the upgrade include a new arrival zone featuring lighting that has the ability to change colour to suit client requirements, LED signage stretching the length of the zone and new sliding glass doors.”

Barron River MP Craig Crawford said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to continuing the Convention Centre’s success as a focal point for sport, entertainment and business tourism in Cairns.

“This is a leading international convention venue and these works will certainly enhance the visitor experience.” Mr. Crawford said.

The project will support 150 Queensland jobs in total.