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It has been announced that the preferred consortium to design and build the AUS$852 million (US$613 million) Bunbury Outer Ring Road, said to be Western Australia’s biggest infrastructure project, is the Southwest Connex consortium.

The consortium, comprising Acciona, local WA company NRW Contracting, MACA Civil, AECOM and Aurecon will now enter into negotiations with state transport agency Main Roads prior to the contract award anticipated in September.

Scheduled for completion in 2024, the Bunbury Outer Ring Road project involves the construction of a 27km link comprising three sections – northern, central and southern.

Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said, “During construction, Bunbury Outer Ring Road will provide thousands of direct and indirect employment opportunities, benefiting the State and local community.

“This project will deliver huge benefits for the economy, both during its construction and once in operation and I’m pleased to see a local WA company play such a big role in its construction. Maximising local business procurement and Aboriginal participation are key objectives for the project and we have set a target of approximately $300 million to be allocated to local businesses to subcontract on the project.”

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