Local tender wins $42m kerb and channel job

BIG PROJECT: Cr Cheryl Bromage, James Long from CPM and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale inspect works in Redbank Plains.
BIG PROJECT: Cr Cheryl Bromage, James Long from CPM and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale inspect works in Redbank Plains. Rob Williams

A LONG term infrastructure project is under way on Ipswich streets with Ipswich City Council to spend $42 million to kerb and channel urban areas in the next five years.

North Ipswich construction company CPM Group Ltd were awarded the tender for the strategic city-wide kerb and channelling work.

The program of works consists of up to 40 projects varying from simple kerb and channel installation to full road reconstruction including upgraded drainage systems.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said awarding the contract to the local firm represented a significant investment by council.

"We have engaged CPM for two years with opportunities to extend twice in 12-month increments to complete major kerb and channelling work across the city," he said.

CPM was awarded the tender following a two-stage open tender process and Cr Pisasale said they were the best performing respondent in a very competitive arena.

"CPM was chosen upon criteria that included their willingness to work with council as well as target value-for-money outcomes. We look forward to working with this local business to improve the region's infrastructure," he said.

Cr Pisasale said CPM also planned to relocate its new local headquarters to the old Bremer TAFE building known as 88 Limestone, once refurbishments were completed.

City Infrastructure Committee chairperson councillor Cheryl Bromage said the announcement of the local tender signalled the start of council's 25-year strategy to kerb and channel areas of the city in need of the important infrastructure.

"Work over the next two years will be spread throughout several divisions, with particular focus on older, more established areas," she said. "More than $42 million will be funded from revenue over the next five years to kerb and channel streets in urban areas, which will provide much-needed road and storm water drainage. This is a long-term 25 year strategy to bring the old and the new areas of the city together and I look forward to this initial phase starting in partnership with a local business."



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