Strong interest in RangeLink's Toowoomba bypass bid

More than 300 local business and community leaders attended RangeLink's event.
More than 300 local business and community leaders attended RangeLink's event. Contributed

MORE than 350 local business and community leaders, including Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio, came out to meet and network with the RangeLink consortium at an event at the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport on Thursday night. .

RangeLink is one of three consortia shortlisted by the Queensland Government to provide a proposal to deliver the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project.

RangeLink spokesperson Frederic Pergay said the event was a great success and provided a wonderful opportunity for suppliers, business and community leaders to meet the team before the submission of their bid to the Queensland Government in late February.

"The show of support from the community for the project was overwhelming," Mr Pergay said.

"It was also a nice opportunity to thank local businesses for their support to date. We are confident our bid will exceed the expectations of the Queensland Government and local councils. We sincerely believe our proposal will provide long-term benefits for the entire community." he said.

Bouygues Travaux Publics CEO Christian Gazaignes travelled from Paris to show his support for the RangeLink team.

"It was important for me to attend to demonstrate to the Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley and Western Downs communities that the completion of RangeLink's proposal for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is a key focus of our business," he said.

"This project will become an international showcase project incorporating the best of global and local innovation. We are proud to be submitting a proposal for a project that will be a catalyst for growth in this region."

Fulton Hogan managing director Nick Miller explained that due to the inclusion of local companies in the consortium, RangeLink would bring tangible benefits to the region if selected to deliver the project.

"With our operations and workforces in the region, it is our commitment to provide full, fair and reasonable opportunities to regional businesses and suppliers in line with the Queensland Government's requirements," he said.

"If selected to deliver the project, the direct and in-direct benefits RangeLink will bring to the local communities and businesses will be profound."

Wagners director Denis Wagner's focus was ensuring community members understood local businesses would be involved for the 25-year operation, not just the delivery of the project, meaning growth for the region.

"Our consortium and proposal have been structured so the local regions will be major beneficiaries throughout the entire lifecycle of this project," Mr Wagner said.

After the success of the event, the team's focus will return to finalising their proposal.

Mr Pergay encouraged those who wish to participate but have not yet registered, to register their interest on the RangeLink website at rangelink.com.au.

Proposals are due to the Queensland Government in late February.



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