Rockhampton Ring Road forum a success
Posted on November 16th, 2022
Collaboration between business and industry and all levels of government to ensure the Rockhampton Ring Road proceeds as planned, was the key message at last night’s forum hosted by Capricorn Enterprise and Capricornia Chamber of Commerce.
An audience of 200 businesses heard from senior government officials, our state and federal elected members as well as local industry leaders about how we find solutions to a number of challenges (i.e. workforce, procurement, costs), to ensure the largest single infrastructure project planned for our city and region proceeds using predominantly a local workforce as other major projects wind down.
Key speaker at the forum, Director General of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Neil Scales assured the audience of his personal oversight of this most important project while the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King MP sent a Ministerial staff member on her behalf to pass on her personal commitment to the project. Future updates will be presented to our business community and we look forward to hosting these forums when the time comes.
- Business leaders Jack Trenaman (SMW) and Jason Thomasson (JRT)
- Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Neil Scales OBE
- Deputy Secretary for Infrastructure, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, David Hallinan
- Chair Apprentices and Trainees Queensland, Dave Grenfell OAM
- State Assistant Minister for Education and Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga MP
- State Member for Rockhampton, Barry O’Rourke MP
- Shadow Assistant Minister for Manufacturing and Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry MP
- Senator for Queensland Matt Canavan
Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll said “the goal of last night’s forum was to bring key players together to have an open and transparent discussion about how we can collaborate for the benefit of this critical project and our community. I believe we achieved this goal and there is genuine commitment from all parties to proceed in partnership.”
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga MP announced that in addition to the $12 Million contract awarded last week for re-alignment of services for the project, two $140 Million work packages have been approved for release.