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North Coast workers reap Pacific Highway Upgrade rewards



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Luke Hartsuyker MP Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for Cowper

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Luke Hartsuyker’s Media Contact: Nikki Voss 02 6652 6233 / 0408 070 056

October 9, 2015

North Coast Workers Reap Pacific Highway Upgrade Rewards

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has toured the Halfway Creek Twin Bridge construction site where 80 percent of the workforce comprises North Coast residents.

This week Mr Hartsuyker visited the Halfway Creek to Glenugie section of the $5.64 billion Pacific Highway Upgrade, where contractors CMC Constructions are undertaking major dual bridge works.

Mr Hartsuyker met CMC Constructions Project Manager Alistair Pagan and 20 North Coast workers at the Halfway Creek bridges construction site, the first of forty bridges to be built between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

“It’s terrific to see CMC Constructions employing 80 per cent of their workforce from the North Coast,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“These are people from Coffs Harbour, Corindi, Maclean, Nana Glen, and all parts in between, working on the Pacific Highway Upgrade in a range of roles, from administration and engineering to frontline traffic control.

“We are seeing first-hand on construction sites up and down the 155km stretch of the Pacific Highway Upgrade, local North Coast residents directly employed by companies contracted to complete this project,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Construction of these bridges has created many hundreds of jobs for workers with engineering expertise as well as opportunities for local contractors and suppliers.

Senior engineer Luke Avery, 32, from Corindi said the Pacific Highway Upgrade created so many opportunities for people with skills to work locally.

“Having engineering experience, I’ve often had to travel to get roles, so it’s great to work here on the North Coast on such a major infrastructure project,” Mr Avery said.

Mr Hartsuyker said the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway Upgrade will create up to 2,500 direct jobs and 7,500 indirect jobs between now and the projected completion date of 2020.

The Halfway Creek twin bridges are expected to take six months to complete, with the bridge due to be fully open to traffic in 2017.