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01 May 2020
Five new infrastructure and maintenance projects have been announced by the ACT Government, creating over 80 new jobs for Canberrans and helping to support local businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new projects form part of the ACT Government’s Fast-track Program. The program accelerates infrastructure and maintenance projects across Canberra to stimulate economic activity and keep our city going through this difficult time.
On the list of new projects are upgrades to the Canberra Theatre Centre, with six local businesses contracted for the works. Security access, alarm systems, and public bathrooms will all be upgraded at the Centre.
“We all need to work together in this difficult time,” said Canberra Theatre Centre Director, Alex Budd.
“The Canberra Theatre Centre is so glad we can help in providing 29 new construction jobs for our fellow Canberrans.”
“We are also excited to have this opportunity to upgrade our services for audiences and performers.”
Another 29 workers from 12 local businesses will undertake upgrades to café facilities at the National Arboretum Canberra.
Other projects announced include a full internal repaint of the National Convention Centre, an office fit out for the ACT Integrity Commission and a new election results display system for Elections ACT.
Project Manager Rod Bobeldijk, whose company Complete Constructions is working on the Canberra Theatre Centre upgrades, said he was excited to start work.
“These are tough times for everyone, but it’s through projects like this at the Canberra Theatre Centre that we can make the best of a hard situation. Not only does it mean local workers can keep making a living, but we’ve got a chance to upgrade an iconic part of our local arts scene.”
The five new projects join a growing list of infrastructure and maintenance activity, including road and footpath improvements, upgrades to waste and transport facilities, and landscaping works to many of Canberra’s open spaces.
Other projects already announced include rebuilding the Namadgi boundary fence following the Orroral Valley bushfire, and land restoration in the Lower Cotter Catchment to improve water quality.
More projects will be announced in the coming weeks. For information about the program, visit act.gov.au/fasttrack
To find out about help, advice and support during the COVID-19 situation head to covid19.act.gov.au