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South Australia in Shock Over Construction Lockdown


The South Australian construction industry is reeling with the news it will not be exempt from a snap seven-day lockdown in the state.

Premier Steven Marshall announced the lockdown from 6pm, July 20, after the Delta strain of Covid-19 was detected in the state.

“The next week will be difficult for many South Australians, but we must go hard and we must go early to get ahead of this virus,” he said.

He announced five reasons residents could leave home, including care and compassionate reasons, such as taking care of a loved one, essential work, and buying essential goods such as food.

Masks must be worn in public places at all times. Schools will be closed for the next seven days.

But the decision not to exempt construction work from the measures has been described as a disaster for the state’s 70,000 construction workers.

Master Builders SA chief executive Will Frogley said the seven-day shutdown would be equivalent to two to three weeks lost production.

He said the lockdown would have a heavy toll on the sector.

“If the lockdown continues past seven days, we really need construction to be allowed to continue and reclassified as essential,” Frogley said.

South Australia’s construction industry was classified as essential in lockdowns in November March last year.

The industry is also locked down in NSW but not in Victoria.

In NSW, the government’s announcement that financial support packages revealed last week would be adapted to provide support for the construction industry has been welcomed by the Property Council of Australia.

The council’s acting NSW executive director Lauren Conceicao said financial support and clear communication of what was available to support workers and businesses was critical.

She said it was vital to give the industry the confidence and financial capacity to get through the shutdown and past July 30.

“This shut down has caused shock waves and even a two-week pause will have major economic impacts for the industry,” Conceicao said.

“Our focus is to ensure that the options and solutions being put forward on both the financial front and reopening plan supports the industry to get back on its feet.”

The NSW industry’s supply chain is now the focus for many in the industry as they eye a return to work.

Australian Constructors Association chief executive Jon Davies said the situation needed to be carefully navigated to protect the sustainability of the entire industry, including the supply chain.

The construction industry has a very long tail and we need to ensure all parts of the industry are supported so that we can spring back into action when the lockdown ends,” Davies said..

“You can’t deliver the state’s major infrastructure projects without the full supply chain intact and we have real concerns for the smaller businesses who will undoubtedly find cashflow a major issue.”

“If the pause goes beyond July 30, it could bring smaller contractors to their knees due to cashflow issues. NSW’s ambitious infrastructure program will not get delivered with a broken supply chain.”


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Olympic Village’s Green Bridge to City Revealed

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Plans for Brisbane’s newest pedestrianised Green Bridge have been finalised and lodged for approval, according to Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

Construction of the bridge would be fast-tracked, subject to approval, according to the Brisbane City Council and work is to commence later this year.

Schrinner said it would provide a “critical connection” for the 2032 Olympics Athletes Village at Northshore Hamilton.

“Once complete the new bridge will provide a critical connection for people walking, cycling or scooting along our new Lores Bonney Riverwalk, and also the Brisbane 2032 Athletes’ Village at Northshore Hamilton, which is set to host more than 10,000 Olympians and officials, and 5000 Paralympians,” he said.

The commencement of construction would be subject to approval from independent planners. Schrinner said the construction would provide $67 million in local industry investment and about 140 jobs.

Schrinner said the investment in a green bridge would better connect the area for active transport users.

“The final design, which has been submitted as part of the application, has been refined following community feedback, and shows an 80m-long bridge with an arch design,” he said.

Schrinner said the colour palette reflected the area’s Moreton Bay fig trees and Newstead Park, and would include LED lighting, rest stops and a direct connection to the Riverwalk.

It is part of a $550-million green bridge program across the city, along with the Kangaroo Point green bridge, which has also been expedited.

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Bridge to 2032 – Brekky Ck span approved, missing link for Games athletes’ village

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Brisbane is set to have another major infrastructure project underway by the end of the year after Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner lodged the final design of the Breakfast Creek green bridge with planning officers for approval.

The $67 million project is likely to provide a smoother connection for pedestrians and cyclists moving between the fast-growing riverside development at Northshore Hamilton and the CBD.

The 80-metre arch will cross Breakfast Creek to connect Newstead Park with the existing Lores Bonney riverwalk which was part of the now completed Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade.

“This is a crucial step towards securing the final approvals we need to commence work on the green bridge that will provide a $67 million investment in local industry, deliver a new active transport options and create 140 local construction jobs,” Schrinner said.

“The Lores Bonney Riverwalk is currently used 2300 times a day, and this new green bridge will improve safety and increase capacity to the riverwalk by creating a continues walking and cycling connection.”

He said the Breakfast Creek project would join the now-approved Kangaroo Point green bridge as fast-tracked investments to create jobs as the city headed out of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The council has also linked the project to the 2032 Olympics, saying it will be a “key connector” for the planned Athletes Village at Hamilton and provide a critical transport link for the Games.

Two other cross-river pedestrian and cycle links connecting Toowong to West End and St Lucia to West End remain on the council’s green bridge program books but are yet to be funded.

The council insists the remaining bridges need federal and state government funding to go ahead.


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Green ‘Grand Central’: Cross River Rail unveils changes to parklands vision

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Developers of Queensland’s biggest infrastructure project, the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail, appear to have bowed to public pressure and moved to preserve more public space in its redesign of the city’s Roma Street parklands precinct.

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has confirmed it will allow more public open space in a revised development plan for the area.

A new development scheme for the Roma St precinct, which will contain the state’s most most important transport interchange (dubbed Grand Central) as well as the proposed Brisbane Live arena, identifies new green areas and more affordable housing than was originally planned.

The Palaszczuk government has insisted that the development of an underground Roma St station as part of Cross River Rail is a chance to revitalise an under-used part of Brisbane into a major opportunity for private investment.

The government expects that over the next 15 years there will be nearly 4200 new residents and more than 19,700 new workers within the 32 hectare Roma Street priority development area, bounded roughly by Wickham Terrace, North Quay and College Rd.

However, the delivery authority came under fire for giving over part of the Roma St parklands which houses a public car park and Brisbane City Council maintenance depot to residential and commercial development.

The authority now says under the finalised development scheme the precinct would have more “publicly accessible open space”.

“The existing 11 hectares of publicly accessible open space within the Roma St Parklands will not only be protected forever, but will be expanded even further by more than two hectares,” the authority said in a statement.

“The development scheme also provides for new social and affordable housing as part of new residential buildings parallel to the rail corridor, adding to the existing apartment complexes along Parkland Boulevard.”

“This scheme is all about renewing one of Brisbane’s most underutilised inner-city locations while protecting and enhancing the beautiful natural features that already exist. ‘

About 46,000 people each weekday are expected to use the new high-capacity underground station at Roma Street by 2036.


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