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As part of TMR’s commitment to maximising opportunities for local suppliers and services to gain work on the Mackay Ring Road project, TMR partnered with the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning to deliver the Mackay Ring Road Supply Chain Development Program.  

Local communities identified the importance of gaining work on the $497.3 million project as an opportunity to boost local and regional economies. The work done in partnership with the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning provided interested companies with the tools and information required to increase their chances of securing work, not only on the Mackay Ring Road project, but also to develop their business to meet the needs of Tier 1 construction companies in the future.        

The Mackay Ring Road Supply Chain Development Program commenced with the Mackay Ring Road Supply Chain Development Forum. The forum was held prior to the awarding of the main construction contract to ensure local businesses had every opportunity to be fully informed and to upskill prior to the commencement of procurement from the main construction contractors. 

Forum participants were provided with a project overview and outline of the procurement strategy for the project. The forum included presentations from TMR’s project team, the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, the Industry Capability Network and a regional content consultancy business on the following:

  • supply chain requirements
  • how to stand out from the crowd
  • tailoring business profiles to meet the needs of Tier 1 contractors
  • how to register a business with the Industry Capability Network.

Participants at the forum also completed a “Current Capability Diagnostic” to scope the existing capabilities of industry in the region and to ensure future activities in the program were targeted to meet local requirements.

Following analysis of the Current Capability Diagnostic, local and regional businesses were offered the opportunity to be involved in tailored capacity building events, including:

  • “Tendering for Business” workshop
  • “Is Your Business Ready” workshop
  • Capability Statement Writing workshops.

After the main construction contract was awarded to CPB Contractors, local and regional business representatives were invited to a targeted “Meet the Principal Contractor” session.  

Businesses were also able to directly express their interest with the main construction contractors through a dedicated Expression of Interest contact point.

One year after construction commenced, in excess of $85 million worth of packages has been let to local and regional suppliers and 800 people have been inducted on site.

Mackay Ring Road Supply Chain Development Forum
Mackay Ring Road Supply Chain Development Forum

Last updated
10 December 2018