Local businesses wanting to secure work on the $852 million Bunbury Outer Ring Road (BORR) project now have a dedicated helping hand.
Scott Radici is a local content advisor, working with South West Gateway Alliance to deliver BORR in partnership with Main Roads.
Mr Radici’s role is to help connect businesses to the biggest infrastructure project to be undertaken in the South West.
Based in the BORR Community Hub at Maker + Co, 75 Victoria Street, Mr Radici has a good appreciation of opportunities for subcontractors and suppliers and is keen to share the information with local businesses vying for contracts.
Mr Radici said the project would deliver significant benefits for the local economy both during its construction and once in operation, unlocking thousands of local jobs.
“I’m on the road having face-to-face meetings with businesses, getting a detailed understanding of the business and how they can potentially become involved,” Mr Radici said.
“My goal is to help local industry win work on the BORR project and ensure potential candidates are equipped with the knowledge they need to register and tender for work packages.”
Local employment and business opportunities are a key priority for the project with a target spend of $300 million set to encourage and maximise local South West industry participation.
The Alliance is expecting to spend $20 million with Aboriginal businesses and has an employment target equivalent to 60 full time Aboriginal people engaged on the project in its three-year construction period.
Locally based representatives from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Local Content Adviser Network work closely with the South West Development Commission to connect local suppliers and contractors to major projects.
The team helps to equip local businesses so they are prepared to take up opportunities relating to major projects.