Rockhampton Ring Road project update
Posted on August 29th, 2023
In December 2022 the Queensland and Australian Governments announced that they had reached agreement to get the first phase of the Rockhampton Ring Road underway in 2023, with a $280 million package of construction works to commence following the early works currently underway.
$1.065 billion in funding is committed for the Rockhampton Ring Road project, through the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program. The Australian Government’s funding commitment of $852 million towards the Rockhampton Ring Road was reconfirmed in the 2022-23 October Budget and is unchanged from the 2022-23 March Budget.
Award of Contract for the $280 million initial construction package of the Rockhampton Ring Road was achieved on 29 June 2023. The project is now transitioning to the construction stage, with the procurement program for the two joint venture contractors underway to engage suppliers of materials and services for the project. The first construction phase of Rockhampton Ring Road will get underway in late 2023 and is anticipated to take approximately two years to complete.
North Package 1:
• Construct the ring road section between the Bruce Highway/Rockhampton–Yeppoon Road intersection and Monier Road embankment.
• Works required for the realigned Boundary Road, McLaughlin Street, existing Boundary Road, and Monier Road access.
• Construct accesses for Dreamtime Cultural Centre, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services precinct.
South Package 1:
• Rockhampton–Ridgelands Road upgrade including Canoona Road intersection, replacement of Lion Creek bridge, modifications to Osborne Road, and construction of the Ridgelands Road–Osborne Road roundabout with a stub for future connection to the ring road.
• Upgrade of Nine Mile Road/Rockhampton–Ridgelands Road intersection.
• Preload of embankment between the Capricorn Highway and Abutment A of Bridge BR04 (over soft soils).
Business Advisory Group (BAG)
The Rockhampton Ring Road Business Advisory Group (BAG) has been established by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR). A representative from Capricorn Enterprise has been selected to sit on this group. The first BAG meeting was held on 7 June at Dreamtime Cultural Centre. A minimum of three meetings will be held per year.
The aim of the BAG is to provide a centralised and accurate source of information about the RRR which can be disseminated to each member’s network, and to create a forum for TMR and key local business stakeholders to share information and ideas that contribute to economic and social legacy outcomes related to construction impacts to:
• deliver more local jobs
• provide enhanced local training and development opportunities
• reduce reliance on a fly-in-fly-out workforce
• improve local accommodation outcomes.
Registering interest as a supplier
Registering through the ICN The ICN (Industry Capability Network) Gateway was established in the planning phase of the project for local suppliers and service providers to express their interest in future opportunities with the project. The ICN Gateway can be accessed directly here or from the RRR project page on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website. We encourage local suppliers to visit the website and register their organisation’s expression of interest under the ‘Work Packages’ tab. Please note, all interested parties will be required to create an account first if they do not already have one. Registering at this location will ensure that the full list of interested parties is captured for future communication about project opportunities and briefings. This site also provides a link to the TMR webpage where local suppliers and services can familiarise themselves with the TMR process to become a registered supplier of services and/or approved materials.
Registering directly with the contractors
In the first instance, local suppliers should send an email to the contractor joint ventures’ emails (below) including the organisation’s contact details, area of interest and a Business Capability Statement.
• Bielby-BMD Joint Venture at RRR-North@RockyJV.com.au
• Acciona-Fulton Hogan at LSU@Fultonhogan.com.au (temporary)
If local suppliers need support in developing a Business Capability Statement, please advise them to contact the Department of State Development – firstname.lastname@example.org.