QLD hands out $3.3m contract for Mackay METS centre

The Queensland Government has awarded Mackay-based Fergus Builders a contract to build the $7 million Resources Centre of Excellence in the region.

This centre is designed to drive research and innovation in the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.

The contract, which is worth $3.28 million, includes construction of an administration building, workshop, laboratory, landscaping and utilities.

It sets up the project for the next stage, including fit-out of an underground mining simulator.

The Queensland Government backs the project with its $175 million jobs and regional growth fund. This contract will also will create up to 22 direct and indirect jobs on-site and through the supply chain.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the Resources Centre of Excellence was one of council’s largest current projects and was an exciting development for the region.

“This state-of-the-art centre will further enhance Mackay’s reputation as the service hub for the resources industry in the Bowen and Galilee Basins,” he said.

“It’s fantastic that this tender has been awarded to a local company, with Fergus Builders selected due to their competitive price and track record in major construction projects in our region.

“They have previously delivered projects for council, including the Dudley Denny City Library and Paget workshop extensions.”

Queensland’s assistant minister of state development and member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the research centre will provide improved training opportunities for future apprentices entering the industry.

Users of the centre will include training providers, researchers and private companies within the METS sector, Resource Industry Network general manager Adrienne Rourke added.

Construction works are due to commence soon, with completion scheduled for March 2020. The facility will be operational and ready for its first intake of students soon after.

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