Wed 12 May 2021

Media release
Wednesday 12 May 2021

Civil Contractors Federation ready to roll up its sleeves and deliver infrastructure budget

Tasmania’s Civil Contractors Federation says its ready to roll up its sleeves and do everything it can to help deliver the infrastructure investment announced in last night’s Federal Budget.

CCF CEO, Rachael Matheson, said it was clear the Federal Government is backing Tasmania’s civil sector to help drive economic recovery.

“CCF members are the engine room of Tasmania’s economy.  By investing in infrastructure, our members can create jobs right around the State and help support regional communities,” Ms Matheson said.

“We welcome the significant funding announced as part of last night’s budget for Tasmanian infrastructure.  Importantly, the Federal Government wants to take a long-term view to investing in infrastructure, which is vital for our sector.  It enables our members to plan and develop their workforce, knowing there is a pipeline of work over the next four to five years and beyond.

“The funding for major road upgrades is welcome and we look forward to working with the Federal Government and the next Tasmanian Government to prepare fully costed, fully funded 10 year plans for each of Tasmania’s major highways.  Last night’s Federal Budget shows that Canberra is prepared to back in that process and play its part, which will lead to significant improvements in Tasmania’s major roads.

“The challenge for my members now is to address the skills issues that face us, so that we can expand our collective workforce and get on with the job of delivering on the projects announced last night.”