Title Great deal for SA as expressway gets green light.
Database Press Releases
Date 21-05-2008
Author ALBANESE, Anthony, MP
CONLON, Patrick
Citation Id CYJQ6
Cover date Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Format Online Text
In Government yes
Item Online Text: 1700950
Key item No
MP yes
Pages 3p.
Party ALP
Speech No
System Id media/pressrel/CYJQ6

Great deal for SA as expressway gets green light.

Hon Anthony Albanese Hon Patrick Conlon

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Minister for Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government Infrastructure and Energy

Joint Media Release 21 May 2008


A fly-over interchange with Port Wakefield Road, a new interchange at Penfield and a 23-km bike lane will be delivered as part of the $564m Northern Expressway under a contract awarded today.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, today joined State Transport Minister, Patrick Conlon, on site to announce local company York Civil and NZ-based Fulton Hogan as the successful tenderers for the Northern Expressway’s main construction contract.

With work to begin in August, these additional features for the state’s biggest road project will be delivered within the approved project budget.

“This contract is the culmination of significant planning and community engagement and it delivers a wonderful result for South Australia – it’s a win for the local community and the City’s motorists,” Mr Albanese said.

“We brought forward $60 million in last week’s budget to make sure the project is completed by 2010.

“It will be a huge boost to the South Australian economy and will cut up to 15 minutes off a trip from Gawler to the Port of Adelaide. That means products can be moved more cheaply and downward pressure is put on inflation.

“But this project is just one part of the nearly $1.1 billion the Rudd Labor Government will be investing to improve and expand South Australia’s transport network.”

The following has been added to the project after consulting with the local community: • A free-flowing interchange linking with Port Wakefield Road. • A recreational cycle and pedestrian pathway. • An interchange at Penfield Road that will improve local access and provide linkages

to a proposed intermodal development in the area. This is on top of the additional ramps being provided at three key interchange sites announced last year.


Mr Conlon said he was delighted to have reached another milestone for the Northern Expressway – and to announce the involvement of a local company.

“It’s time to start building the infrastructure and I’m excited about the first steps in the largest road project undertaken in this state for almost half a century,” he said.

“In particular I am pleased the department has successfully negotiated within the existing budget to achieve a greater scope.”

The 23-km, four lane, two-way road links the Sturt Highway at the Gawler Bypass with Port Wakefield Road, north of Waterloo Corner Road. It forms part of the Northern Expressway project which is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments under the AusLink program.

Federal Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion, praised the additional $60 million of funding for the project.

“I frequently use Port Wakefield Road to meet with members of the public and community groups so I know first-hand how important this project is to the region.”

“I’m particularly pleased that the project was fast-tracked to get construction started,” Nick Champion said.

Joint venture details:

Fulton Hogan is a major civil and resources contractor that operates throughout Australia. York Civil is a South Australian market leader in bridge construction.

Both companies share a mutual affinity for collaborative contracting and in consideration of their strengths and similarities they have formed an unincorporated joint venture to undertake the Northern Expressway project. They will be supported by a design consultancy joint venture comprising Maunsell Australia, SMEC Australia, and Dare Sutton Clarke.

The Fulton Hogan Group has over 74 years of civil construction experience in Australia and New Zealand and their 1,000-plus Australia team is committed to delivering quality products at a competitive price, while achieving the highest safety, quality and environmental standards.

York Civil is a privately owned South Australian based civil engineering contractor with a proven track record in successfully meeting the construction needs of a diverse range of clients and industry sectors.

The company was founded in 1990 and has grown from a small team to one of SA`s leading engineering contractors with an annual turnover approaching $80 million and over 100 direct employees.


Both companies are very diverse in their business activities because of their vertically integrated structure, providing surety with regard to quality, delivery and supply of materials. Fulton Hogan is looking towards a long term presence in South Australia.

Media contacts: Jeff Singleton, (Mr Albanese’s Office) 0410 476 890 Matt Clemow (Mr Conlon’s Office) 0417 887 824 Nick Champion MP (Member for Wakefield) 0488 556 036