New South Wales’ peak representative body for employers in the civil construction and maintenance industry, the Civil Contractors Federation NSW, applauds the NSW Government for listening and taking on board so much of the CCF NSW’s policy platform for now and the next election, A Dozen Do’s to Construct NSW’s Future, in its Construction 10 Point Action Plan.
The CEO of CCF NSW, David Castledine, said the CCF NSW had called for vision and leadership from the NSW Government, and the Action Plan released today represented a big step forward.
“We are particularly pleased that the NSW Government is now looking to focus its procurement, its very definition of what “value for money” means, to specifically include the importance of creating a sustainable local civil construction industry,” said Mr Castledine.
“There are a great many other elements in this Action Plan that reflect what our industry has called for through A Dozen Do’s to Construct NSW’s Future; things such as risk allocation, contracting strategies, support for local labour participation, and structuring contract sizes to ensure companies of all sizes can win work directly, to name but a few.
“There are a few more points we have recommended that haven’t been included, but the Action Plan is an excellent start.
“This marks an extraordinary day for NSW civil infrastructure procurement, and ultimately for the people of NSW.
“As the industry’s representative body, we thank the NSW Government and each and every one of the State infrastructure construction procurement Agencies for taking on board industry’s concerns, and for making these changes.”
Mr Castledine said the contribution of Infrastructure NSW in the development of this Action Plan should not be understated.
“One of our recommendations has been that INSW be given a central, cross-agency, governance role in ensuring Government procurement policy and procedures are being implemented,” he said.
“INSW’s great work in engaging with the Agencies to achieve their buy-in to this Action Plan shows they are well placed to undertake this critical role.
“The Action Plan is a great start, and now it needs to be implemented.
“There is a considerable amount of work to be done to ensure this all happens as it is written, and so CCF NSW will be there to support the Government implement these changes fully.”
For a copy of A Dozen Do’s to Construct NSW’s Future visit http://ccfnsw.com/News.