Tender process for Parkes bypass getting underway with forum on Tuesday

The bypass for the Newell Highway in Parkes is nudging closer with the tenders process set to get underway.
The bypass for the Newell Highway in Parkes is nudging closer with the tenders process set to get underway.

Local contractors are being invited to attend a forum this Tuesday in Parkes about how they can be part of the work to build the $187.2 million Parkes Newell Highway bypass.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the forum at the Parkes Golf Club on Tuesday, April 20 would provide an opportunity for local contractors and suppliers to register their details and make contact with prospective head contractors.

"We're encouraging local businesses and suppliers to attend the session, network with other prospective tenderers and ask any questions," he said.

"You could operate a cleaning, photography, machinery parts, earthmoving or traffic control business and everything in between - there are so many opportunities to be involved.

"The Parkes Bypass project will support hundreds of jobs over the life of the project, providing a welcome boost to the local economy.

"Later this year a contract will be awarded to the successful head contractor with work on the main bypass road and bridge construction on track to start by the end of the year," Mr McCormack said.

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said keeping local jobs in local towns was an important part of the NSW Government's commitment to build a safer, stronger regional NSW.

"We want to ensure the community is benefitting from the project before a single vehicle uses the bypass by linking local businesses employing qualified tradespeople with this game-changing road project," Mr Toole said.

"When we invest in these massive infrastructure projects, our aim is to make sure that we are creating local jobs and local opportunities so the communities see the benefits sooner.

"The Parkes Bypass is not only going to deliver safer and better journeys for motorists on the Newell Highway by reducing travel time by up to 10 minutes and increase safety by removing more than 1200 trucks a day from local streets, but it's also going to inject millions in economic activity into Parkes."

The two-hour industry forum will be held on this Tuesday, April 20 from 3-5pm at the Parkes Golf Club.

Registration is required to attend the forum to ensure we continue to meet COVID-19 restrictions.

Simply send your details to newell.upgrade@transport.nsw.gov.au to register your attendance by Monday, April 19.