Win for FNQ construction, suppliers and jobs

CIMIC subsidiary scores big Defence contract from the Australian Government and has committed to upskilling the local workforce and offering entry level pathways to young people.

The $111.2 million North Queensland Mid-Term Refresh Program across Townsville’s RAAF base, the local field training area, and HMAS Cairns (pictured) in far North Queensland, has been awarded to CPB Contractors.

“The contract includes the delivery of new and upgraded engineering services, building refurbishment works, and additional transit living-in accommodation,” the Department of Defence revealed.

First Assistant Secretary Infrastructure Division, Security and Estate Group, Dan Fankhauser, flagged FNQ as an “important maritime, land and air hub for Defence into the future”, indicating further contracts can be expected.

CPB Contractors, he said, will target its trade packages to local businesses, “which is expected to bring a significant investment to North Queensland construction and trade industries and suppliers”. The CIMIC Group construction subsidiary has already completed several Defence projects for the Australian Government including RAAF bases, Williamtown in NSW and Pearce in WA.

The company is currently involved in the Defence Department’s Riverina Redevelopment Program that is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. This includes works on RAAF Wagga Base, Albury-Wodonga Military Area, and Kapooka Military Area.

The North Queensland Mid-Term Refresh Program construction phase will commence early 2023, with construction expected to be complete by mid-2025.

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Desi Corbett

Desi is the Editor of Concrete in Australia and at the helm of our magazine for 8 years. She was behind the Institute's weekly news bulletins from 2016-2021 and is now writing our focused news items. Desi has been an engineering news and features journalist/editor across all disciplines since 2013 - part of a 30-year career writing for a wide range of industries.