Sydney projects bring surge in local construction jobs

A new report has highlighted a surge in local jobs on the back of the ongoing AU$3.6bn (£2.1bn) infrastructure investment in the Western Sydney region of Australia.

More than 150 local contractors and suppliers are now benefiting from the delivery of key road projects.

The second report card on the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan shows that in the past 12 months work on three major road projects has begun, including the 35km AU$1.6bn upgrade of the Northern Road.

In parallel, there has been recent progress in planning for a major airport project, including finalisation of the environmental impact statement this month.

The joint investment is stimulating work for local industry, with a 240% increase in the number of local businesses working on the projects compared with last financial year.

In addition, the number of full-time workers directly employed on the projects has increased by about a third, to more than 430 jobs.

This number will continue to grow, further contributing to around 4,000 direct and indirect jobs during the 10-year roads programme. The peak of annual expenditure is forecast in the 2018-19 financial year.

Via The Construction Index. Read the full article here.