Nexus vows to hire 1350 local workers on bypass build
MAYOR Paul Antonio has vowed to hold Toowoomba Second Range Crossing constructor Nexus to its pledge to source 75 per cent of its workforce locally.
Cr Antonio said he was impressed with the commitment made by Nexus.
"I know what this same group have done with the light rail at the Gold Coast," he said.
"They went well better than 75% on local procurement and that's the sort of commitment that I'm delighted to hear from the group."
Nexus has promised that 75% of its workforce for the $1.6 billion Toowoomba bypass build would be sourced from locals, which amounts to about 1350 people.
Nexus chairman John Witheriff said that the Toowoomba community had granted Nexus a social licence to construct something of vital importance to the region.
"We take that responsibility very seriously," he said.
"We have committed by way of a contract to ensure that we achieve 75% local industry participation, we will strive to do better than that, and we will commit to this community in a real way.
"I pledge my personal commitment to ensure that we will leave this community better when we leave, than when we commenced."
Cr Antonio said council would work with Nexus to achieve the best possible outcome for the community. He said local workers would bring a lot of local knowledge to the table.
"That will be an advantage for Nexus and will ultimately make the outcome better," he said.
Cr Antonio said the commitment was fantastic for the Toowoomba region.
"No doubt there'll be a lot of opportunities for local people to work at all levels.
"Naturally we're hoping people from Toowoomba, the Lockyer Valley and nearby regions will be able to be very successful with these jobs."
Cr Antonio said Toowoomba Regional Council was delighted with the design of the crossing.
"The original conceptual design was not what we wanted, but the outcome was near perfect," he said.
"It's going to have grade separation, four lanes to the Warrego Hwy, a cutting instead of a tunnel, and we negotiated those things behind the scenes."