Gladstone Ports Corporation has awarded construction contracts for the Gladstone East Shores Project.
Hutchinson Builders, a Queensland-based construction company, has been awarded the principal contract for stage 1B.
An additional 28 local businesses have also been engaged as subcontractors for the project.
The twenty-eight local subcontractors engaged to work on the East Shores 1B include:
- Gladstone Flooring Xtra
- Craig Friend Contracting
- Sparkman’s Joinery
- Calibre Civil
- Port City Mechanical
- Bradman’s Windows and Doors
- McAlister and Burford Painting
- Construction Science
- Cat Rentals
- Butler Quarries
- Fulton Hogan
- Rilec Electrical
- Gladstone Drafting
- Mathersons Crane
- A&A Complete Concrete Solutions
- CQ Brick and Block
- Butler Fabrications
- Oakwood Metalwork
- CQ Commercial Catering
Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher, said Stage 1B, which will include the construction of a cruise passenger interface, waterfront café and amphitheatre, would generate more than 300 jobs.
“The Palaszczuk Government is investing more than $25.9 million in Central Queensland through the next stage of the East Shores project and supporting jobs for regional Queensland.
“East Shores Stage 1B will not only create an entertainment and tourism hub for Gladstone, it will also provide a much needed injection for the region’s economy and businesses.”
Local businesses and tradies will begin reaping the benefits straight away, as site preparation started on June 3 ahead of construction later in the month of June.
“We’ve seen just how popular Stage 1A has been with families and visitors, and I’m certain 1B will put East Shores on the map as a premier destination in Central Queensland,” Mr Butcher said.
Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Acting CEO, Craig Walker, said Hutchinson Builders helped deliver the multi-award winning East Shores 1A precinct to the community in 2014.
“We are excited to announce Hutchinson Builders as the principal contractor for East Shores Stage 1B, supported by 28 local subcontractors.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing what our partnership can achieve in Stage 1B.”
Hutchinson Builders’ Managing Director, Greg Quinn, said using local subcontractors to deliver projects is just the way they do business.
“We always try to use local subcontractors on our regional projects.
“Projects like this not only create jobs and contribute to the local economy, they also build capacity across the construction industry, giving small operators the chance to participate in work they might not otherwise get the opportunity to.”
Gladstone Flooring Xtra Operations Supervisor, Trevor Hall, said he was proud to be part of the exciting project.
“East Shores really is a beautiful part of Gladstone and the community love spending time here so we’re really proud and excited to be part of the extension.”
East Shores Stage 1B is scheduled to be completed by Easter 2020.