Nexus clarifies how many jobs will be created on bypass

Nexus chief executive officer John Hagan and chairman John Witheriff at their Bedford St headquarters.
Nexus chief executive officer John Hagan and chairman John Witheriff at their Bedford St headquarters. Andrew Backhouse

TOOWOOMBA Second Range Crossing contractor Nexus has clarified how many jobs will be created on the project.

When the project was launched the Queensland Government said Nexus had promised that 75% of the 1800 jobs projected to be created would be sourced locally.

That equated to mean 1350 jobs would be sourced from the Toowoomba region.

But Nexus has moved to clarify its position and says it's committed to 76% local participation, which it defines as businesses working on the project which are local.

As businesses employ differing numbers of people that means that although 76% of businesses will be based-locally it does not necessarily correlate to job numbers.

Nexus chairman John Witheriff explained: "For example, 76% of the businesses working on the project for Nexus, or our sub-contractors, will be from the region."

 

"The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is funded jointly by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 funding split arrangement. The Australian Government, as the major funding partner, requires Nexus to report 'local content' as being from any Australian or New Zealand small to medium-sized enterprise.

"We are required to report by the Australian Government rules, but Nexus remains committed to the original target of 76.25% local content, according to our definition of local content," Mr Witheriff said.

 

"Nexus tracks these figures monthly and all sub-contractors that work on the project are contractually required to report monthly on their local content usage.

"Nexus will continue to run a full, fair and transparent procurement process. This will be done through ICN Gateway for Expressions of Interest at least until the end of 2016." 

The company's definition of local includes the geographical area of the wider Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley region with Ipswich in the east, the Maranoa region in the west, Kingaroy in the north and Queensland/New South Wales border in the south. 

Mr Witheriff said Nexus reaffirmed its commitment to working with businesses from the wider Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley region to achieve 76% local participation in the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project.


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