Coomera Connector Stage 1 South early works contract awarded

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Construction on the southern end of the Coomera Connector is one step closer with the contract for early works of the Stage 1 South package awarded to Winslow Infrastructure Pty Ltd.

The early works program will make the site construction-ready with minor vegetation clearing, relocation of some service utilities, bulk earthworks and preloading activities to be undertaken to support the next stage of construction.

The early works are expected to begin in July 2024 and be completed by late 2025.

Areas south of the Nerang River will be the focus of these works, where new embankment and excess material will be placed on the existing ground for approximately six months to consolidate and increase the bearing capacity of the underlying soft soils.

Once settled, the excess embankment will be removed and ready for this stage of the Coomera Connector motorway.

The Albanese and Miles Labor governments have committed a total of $3.026 billion to plan and construct the Coomera Connector Stage 1 between Coomera and Nerang.

This includes an additional $864 million committed by both governments to deliver the project.

This investment is estimated to support an average of 1000 direct jobs over the life of the project.

Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector is expected to open progressively to traffic from late 2025.

Quotes attributable to the Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers:

“The Australian Government is committed to investing in and delivering infrastructure projects that will better the lives of South East Queenslanders. The additional funding by both the Australian and Queensland government, will ensure the Coomera Connector is built and delivered to meet the needs of Gold Coast residents now and into the future.

“We are one step closer to starting construction on the southern end of the Coomera Connector, which will not only improve travel times for motorists but also provide safer journeys and support the growing region of South East Queensland.

“Both residents and tourists to South East Queensland will benefit for years to come from this work funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.”

Quotes attributable to Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King:

“We’re investing a further $431.7 million, making sure the Gold Coast and South East Queensland have the infrastructure needed to connect them to opportunities in a faster, more reliable way.

“The Coomera Connector is supporting an average of 1,000 direct jobs over the life of the project.

“We’re delivering the infrastructure – built by Australians – that improves safety, revitalises regions, and ensures Australia is well placed to compete in the new, net zero economy.”

Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier and acting Transport Minister Cameron Dick:

“Only Labor governments invest in the infrastructure Queenslanders need, improve productivity and liveability in the Sunshine State.

“Getting works started on Stage 1 South package of the Coomera Connector Stage 1 has remained a priority for the Miles Labor Government.

“That’s why we committed additional funds to get boots and machines on the ground laying the foundations for main construction works.

“It’s all systems go as we continue to invest in Queensland’s biggest decade of infrastructure delivery – Queensland’s Big Build – generating more jobs, improved services, protecting our lifestyle and growing our economy.”

Quotes attributable to Housing Minister and State Member for Gaven Meagan Scanlon:

“It’s great to see this contract awarded so works can get underway. Our community knows how frustrating the congestion on the Pacific Motorway (M1) is.

“This is a step forward to fixing the issue by offering an alternative route.

“With Queensland growing, we’re building a road that will better connect our local communities and future proof the lifestyle we all love in South East Queensland. This new motorway will help to get local motorists home sooner and safer.”

Quotes attributable to State Member for Macalister Melissa McMahon:

“The Miles Labor Government knows that Queenslanders want to spend more time with their families and friends and less time in congestion on the M1.

“That’s why our Government is delivering in the infrastructure Queenslanders need, infrastructure like the Coomera Connector.

“It’s great to see Federal Labor support this project, allowing us to crack on and award this important contract to Winslow Infrastructure.”

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