Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson
Industry On Board For Moreton Bay Rail Link
Victor P Taffa
More than 300 business representatives have attended the Moreton Bay Rail Link’s first industry briefing.
Transport and Main Road Minister Scott Emerson said the briefing outlined the government’s plan to release the Request for Proposals to industry on August 24.
“The level of interest from the construction industry ensures there’ll be healthy competition between the proponents.” Mr. Emerson said.
“The Request for Proposals will involve companies submitting options for the design and construction of the project.”
“It’s an opportunity for companies to show that they have the innovation and capability to build and design a project of this size and complexity.”
The Newman Government recently undertook a review of the project to ensure it provided the best financial and transport outcomes for Queensland.
This review determined Transport and Main Roads was best placed to deliver the whole project, rather than splitting responsibilities with Queensland Rail.
The project will be delivered by private industry, allowing Queensland Rail to focus on its core business of maintaining the rail network and running passenger services.
“The deal done by the former Queensland Labor government allowed the Federal Government to cap their contribution, but left Queensland taxpayers exposed to any cost overruns.” Mr. Emerson said.
“We now need to ensure that this project is delivered as efficiently as possible.”
Following receipt of proposals, three to four proponents will be selected to investigate the best value for money design and construction for the project.
Each proponent’s designs will then be evaluated and the contract will be awarded in the second half of 2013.
The $1.147 Billion required for the project is being provided jointly by the Federal Government ($742 Million), Queensland Government ($300 Million plus land) and Moreton Bay Regional Council ($105 Million).