Infrastructure spending 'must' be post-Qld election priority
Whoever wins the Queensland election must put infrastructure spending as a priority, lest construction jobs be at risk, leading industry body the Civil Contractors Federation of Queensland (CCFQ) has warned.
The comments come as an industry survey recently revealed infrastructure turnover fell a mammoth $10 billion for the state in the 2013-14 financial year, and the construction industry's workforce shrunk by over 25 per cent.
CCFQ spokesman Robert Row said Queensland's infrastructure pipeline needed to be turned back on by a committed government.
6 focus areas
Masters Builders called on the new government to address six priority focus areas.
"These include stimulating demand for new construction; containing building costs; improving productivity on worksites; winding back the highly prescriptive approach to health and safety; improving the capacity of contractors to manage construction risk; and providing training that is relevant and beneficial to the industry," said Master Builders' Deputy Executive Director, Paul Bidwel.
"These actions will go a long way to addressing a number of constraints that continue to plague the industry.
"Pursuing these will help strengthen our industry and in turn create a stronger Queensland economy."
LNP infrastructure promises
The LNP recently made a huge transport spending promise of $170 million for road upgrades near Brisbane.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the upgrades would be for Gateway and Pacific motorways near Eight Mile Plains, and would be funded by asset leases.
"Not only are we seeing an extra two southern lanes as part of this, there'll also be a lengthening of the existing bus-way, and an extra 350 park and ride spaces for passengers," he said.
"That's helping public transport users as well as motorists.
"This is a notorious black spot for congestion, we're determined to fix it."
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