Driving local steel and jobs in SA

InfraBuild Construction Solutions has worked with industry partners to prioritise the use of Australian steel and the creation of local jobs for South Australia’s Northern Connector Project.

The companies involved in Adelaide’s Northern Connector Project have followed through on their commitment to procure Australian-made steel and prioritise local workforce participation.

Unblocking congestion across Adelaide

South Australia’s $885 million Northern Connector is a 15.5km stretch of six-lane motorway that makes up a critical part of Adelaide’s ambitious 78km North-South Corridor public works program. The program has been designed to streamline north and southbound traffic, including freight vehicles, between Gawler in the city’s north and Old Noarlunga in the south.

As well as catering for expected increases in traffic, the new motorway will significantly improve freight access to the Port of Adelaide and the industrial areas of Adelaide’s north and northwest, and reduce travel times for commuters travelling to and from Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

Local content, local jobs

InfraBuild Construction Solutions (formerly LIBERTY OneSteel Reinforcing) supplied a significant tonnage of reinforcing steel products to the project, the bulk of which will be used to construct bridges and culverts, and maximised opportunities for local industry.

“The company has worked closely with South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), head contractor Lendlease and the project suppliers to use locally sourced raw materials, labour and capital as much as possible,” InfraBuild Construction Solutions’ Tom Bishop said.

As many as 480 full-time equivalent jobs per year have been created during construction of the project. To date, more than 50 per cent of those jobs have been filled by northern suburbs residents and at least 90 per cent of on-site labour hours have been undertaken by South Australian workers.

Importantly, many workers employed on the project are people who faced barriers to employment, including workers displaced from South Australia’s automotive industry.

Delivering for South Australia’s economy

Collaboration among the major parties on the project has helped achieve economic benefits for South Australia. Local girder manufacturer Bianco Precast, for example, traditionally sources its Low Relaxation (LR) prestressing strand from offshore. However, Lendlease brokered an arrangement between InfraBuild Construction Solutions and Bianco to procure South Australian-made billet, which was then made into LR strand in Newcastle, New South Wales. The LR strand supplied by InfraBuild Construction Solutions is fully traceable, complies with Australian Standards and comes with ACRS certification.

The DPTI and the Office of the Industry Advocate (OIA) supported the development of this deal and a ‘best-for-project’ team approach produced what was an excellent result for South Australia.

The project is due to be completed in late 2019.

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