A lot of things come to mind when I think of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, definitely the two major parts are investment and the economy. Toowoomba is absolutely booming from all the activity; the local shops and fuel stations have never been busier.
Today the news is in that the $1.6 billion project has a local industry participation rate of 79% – up from the 75% target defined at the commencement of the project.
The local council predicts that the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will bring $2.4 billion over the next 30 years of economic and productivity gain for business and industry to Toowoomba. When completed, the crossing will significantly increase the movement of freight along the national road network.
Not only has the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing provided jobs to over 1800 workers over the last 2 years of construction but it will continue to do so over the next 25 years. Nexus are putting in place a 25-year maintenance plan for the crossing, which will involve workers from different industries such as landscaping/labouring all the way through to security officers monitoring the cameras.
The construction and maintenance of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is a fantastic opportunity for local workers to gain employment. The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing has supplied 1800 people with work, meaning that the unemployment rate in Toowoomba is going in the right direction. Toowoomba has gone from 76, 790 of its local residents working prior to the commencement of construction, and now up to 80, 930 of its local residents working as of March 2017. This is a dramatic increase of employment which has a major boost on the regional economy.
I for one am excited for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing to be complete not only for the continued boom, but also so I can take part in the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Marathon which is scheduled to be held the day before the crossing is open for use.
I am also proud to be a part of RPR Trades, who are supplying on-hire employees to the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project out of our Toowoomba branch.