The Western Roads Upgrade project is Victoria’s largest single investment in arterial roads to date.
The availability-style public-private partnership, the first of its kind for an arterial roads network in Australia, will help to support the rapid population growth in Melbourne’s west, create jobs for local workers, and provide less congestion on the roads.
It includes eight high-priority road upgrades, road widenings, intersection upgrades, almost 30 kilometres of duplicated lanes and more than 260 kilometres of road rehabilitation and maintenance for 20 years across Melbourne’s west.
The Netflow consortium – comprising Cintra and Plenary as joint projoect sponsor and SPV manager, Plenary as financial arranger, WBHO Infrastructure as design and construction lead, and the Amey and Broadspectrum joint venture as services contractor – is contracted by the Victorian Government to design, build, finance and maintain the project for 23 years.
Local economic impacts
More than 1,200 job opportunities will be created over the life of the project, with at least 10 per cent of those for apprentices, trainees and cadets.
Netflow’s team of local significant subcontractors, ACE Contractors Group, Civilex, Fortunato Group, Negri Contractors and Winslow Group will create and retain 600 people through their workforce and supply chain alone.
Employment initiatives will create sustainable employment opportunities for priority jobseekers, and support the development of subcontractors to employ underrepresented job seekers.
Strategic partnerships aim to create and support pathways for 10 per cent priority jobseekers, including transitioning automotive workers, Indigenous persons, people from a refugee or culturally-diverse background, and at-risk or unemployed youth.
More than 96 per cent local content will be achieved on this project, and Netflow will invest some $400 million in the local supply chain.
This includes Netflow’s allied significant subcontractors investing some $270 million into the supply chain and some $35 million in plant and equipment, increasing their capacity to work on major infrastructure projects in the future.
Netflow Future Skills Academy
A partnership with Victoria Polytechnic will establish the Netflow Future Skills Academy, providing bespoke skills training that can be accessed by subcontractors and suppliers throughout the project, focusing on apprentices and trainees.
Netflow will work with Victoria Polytechnic to assist in the development of the civil construction qualification – currently not available – which will become the dominant career path for trainees on the project.
The courses proposed will enable full career progression over the life of the project from new entrants through to supervisory and management positions.