Local businesses will have the opportunity to put their foot forward for potential work opportunities associated with the Margaret River Perimeter Road at an upcoming event being organised by the South West Development Commission.
On Thursday November 2, an information and networking session will be held for the purpose of connecting local businesses with the main contractor for the project.
The Margaret River Perimeter Road Joint Venture, comprising WBHO Infrastructure and SRG Civil, was in August awarded the $22.8million contract to build stage two of the project.
The first stage of the project – a 1.8 kilometre section – was completed in 2015.
The next step involves building a further 5.2km of the perimeter road, plus a new 2.3km section of John Archibald Drive to complete a connection between the perimeter road and the town.
Other key components include a 96 metre three-span bridge over the Margaret River, and a pedestrian bridge on the Darch Trail.
The Commission worked with Main Roads and the Augusta-Margaret River Shire to secure funding for the project, which is designed to improve safety and amenity by taking heavy vehicles off the tourist town’s main street. It will also pave the way for the main street to be redeveloped.
SWDC acting chief executive officer Rebecca Ball encouraged local businesses to come along to the event and connect with the main contractor for the project.
“Where possible, we want the State Government money being spent on this project to flow to local businesses,” Ms Ball said.
“The information session is a chance for interested parties to engage with the contractors about possible work opportunities linked to this and other projects.”
The morning will include presentations from Main Roads, Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, and Margaret River Perimeter Road Joint Venture. This will be followed by question time and networking.
“This ties in with our recently-established local content officer program, which has a focus on keeping jobs and tenders in the region,” Ms Ball said.
Ms Ball said SWDC worked in a variety of ways to grow and diversify the economy, support local business and generate new jobs, including through a TradeStart program which aims to position local businesses in the international marketplace.
“We are also supporting the State Government’s Regional Innovation Summit being held in Bunbury next month as part of efforts to create a roadmap for fostering regional jobs and entrepreneurship,” Ms Ball said.
The information session will be held at 8.30am on Thursday November 2 at the Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council Chambers. Registrations are essential and close 4pm, Monday October 30. To find out how to register, visit www.swdc.wa.gov.au .