Feb 12, 2016

Riverfront jobs set in stone

Riverfront jobs set in stone

Local company JM Kelly has won more than $3 million in work on Rockhampton Regional Council’s $30 million Riverfront Revitalisation project.

The firm was announced today as the successful tenderer for the concrete works package and the supply and installation of sandstone and granite pavers for the reconstruction of Quay St.

JM Kelly managing director Geoff Murphy said the work had come at a good time for the company, as business was fairly slow at the moment.

“Throughout the duration of the contract, we estimate the project for us will involve the equivalent of 50 full-time jobs, although not all of these will be onsite,” he said.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said the council was proud to have a local company win the contracts and come on board as a major contributor for the project.

“The purpose of this project is to stimulate the local economy and a $3 million tender to a local company will do just that,” she said.

“A number of key factors were considered including JM Kelly being an established local company with professional management systems, extensive construction experience and importantly, a competitive price.

“Sixty-seven per cent of council’s goods and services are acquired from local suppliers, so this is yet another example of how our local buy policy is paying dividends for our local economy.

“The real icing on the cake is that we get to use our own local sandstone, which is from the same site that built our Customs House.”

The concrete and pavement work along Quay St, between Fitzroy and William streets, is expected to commence mid-May with a completion time around September 2016.