PANORAMA PROJECT: An ariel view of Panorama Drive with work expected to start later this month after the tender was awarded to local company JRT Civil. BELOW: Jason Thomasson from JRT Civil, Cr Bill Ludwig and Keppel MP Brittany Lauga.
PANORAMA PROJECT: An ariel view of Panorama Drive with work expected to start later this month after the tender was awarded to local company JRT Civil. BELOW: Jason Thomasson from JRT Civil, Cr Bill Ludwig and Keppel MP Brittany Lauga. Contributed

Local jobs boost for Capricorn Coast after $15m tender win

OVER 60 jobs will be stem from the second stage of Yeppoon's $30 million Panorama Drive project now that a local company has won the tender.

Livingstone Shire Council announced the job boost yesterday after the $15 million contract was awarded to local company JRT Civil, whose major construction projects include The Pines in Yeppoon, the Parkhurst Town Centre and Ergon Energy redevelopments in Rockhampton.

JRT Civil director Jason Thomasson said he was excited to be part of this game-changing project for the region.

"Council should really be commended for having such a strong focus on ensuring this project is creating local jobs for local workers, which helps the economy here on the Capricorn Coast and keeps the whole region moving forward," Mr Thomasson said.

"In its peak it's probably going to create over 60 on-site jobs which is not including suppliers, so there's definitely opportunity for employment. We are very keen to work with the local industries and local people."

Stage Two will see Panorama Drive formed from Adelaide Park Rd to Farnborough Rd to become the strategic link to the northern suburbs.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said Panorama Drive was a key strategic road network project which would unlock a range of opportunities for the region.

"When finished, Panorama Drive will provide an alternative access to the northern suburbs of Yeppoon and adjacent rural areas facilitating future growth and providing connectivity to relieve traffic congestion as well as providing an important alternative transport route during natural disasters," Cr Ludwig said.

"As an additional benefit, construction of this critical $15 million next stage will also create local jobs and generate much needed economic activity."

The project has been jointly funded by Livingstone Shire Council and the Queensland Government, which is contributing $15 million under its funding program for regional infrastructure.

Keppel MP Brittany Lauga said the Queensland Government was proud to be playing a major role in the project.

"Investing $15 million in this stage two and creating growth and opportunities for our community is what this government is about and I congratulate Livingstone Shire Council which continues to work with the Queensland Government by showing strong leadership for the development and growth of our community," Ms Lauga said.

Construction is expected to get underway later this month.

THE PROJECT BENEFITS

Reduction in current congestion on local road infrastructure enabling safe, strategic expansion of the Yeppoon foreshore precinct.

A direct link to mines, airport and associated industry nodes for DIDO/FIFO workers.

Critical access to facilitate the proposed $600m Capricorn Integrated Resort development.

Addresses the legacy issue of the lack an alternate traffic route in times of disaster.

Optimises capacity to both the State

(Yeppoon-Rockhampton Rd between Appleton Drive and Neils Rd) and Council (CBD and foreshore) networks.


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