Aquatic centre boosts 20 local businesses
THE Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre project contract is providing a boost to the local economy, with a substantial amount of work awarded to local subcontractors and suppliers.
Mayor Mick Curran says Hutchinson’s Builders, who were awarded the construction contract, have confirmed that so far more than 20 local businesses have gained work contracts and other businesses have provided materials for the ARC project.
More than $6 million has been injected into the Gympie regional economy directly from the ARC development from a variety of components of the project including works packages, concrete supply, temporary fencing and electrical works, Cr Curran said.
“The Gympie ARC project has provided a boost to the economy and provided local businesses with the opportunity to grow and gain invaluable experience working with a leading specialised construction contractor on a prominent project,” he said.
“The project has provided selected local businesses with a great opportunity while also ensuring that revenue and jobs created from the project, remain as much as possible in the Gympie region. The immeasurable flow on effects also cannot be underestimated.’
“About 35% of the total construction contract awarded to local businesses in work packages is a good outcome for the Gympie region.
“Awarding of work to some external companies was necessary due to the specific nature of some of the work which required specialised equipment and technical knowledge that was not readily available in the local area.”
The $22.2 million project is currently tracking to budget and is proposed to open in early 2017, Cr Curran said.