11 October 2019 

“The focus by the nation’s treasurers on concrete action to fast track infrastructure construction and boost productivity will be welcomed by the nation’s builders,” Denita Wawn, CEO, Master Builders Australia said.

“It’s good to see the Federal Government focussed on working with the states to advance the rollout of smaller projects that can be rolled out more quickly, particularly in jurisdictions outside Sydney and Melbourne where there are not capacity constraints,” she said.

“It will provide opportunities for smaller construction contractors from across the country and boost local businesses, economies and communities,” Denita Wawn said.

“This is exactly what Master Builders Australia has been calling for since the re-election of the Morrison Government,” she said.

“Focus on fast tracking infrastructure projects outside Melbourne and Sydney will also help fill emerging gaps in the pipeline of civil and engineering construction work, which if not filled may challenge the industry’s ability to maintain capacity,” Denita Wawn said.

“The long term outlook is positive but we need to think tactically about how we might bring certain public projects forward to fill these gaps,” she said.

“Master Builders has put forward a list of infrastructure priority projects which could be fast tracked in each state and territory in our submission to Infrastructure Australia’s priority list,” Denita Wawn said.

“We also strongly back the Treasurer’s agreement for the states to work with the Federal Government to overcome capacity constraints to infrastructure construction in Sydney and Melbourne and are happy to assist,” Denita Wawn said.

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