The NSW Government today announced an industry “match-making” program to help businesses across the North West maximise the benefits of construction of the North West Rail Link.
North West Sydney MPs said the program will assist small and medium businesses to connect with the major consortiums which will build and deliver the multi-billion-dollar North West Rail Link project – the biggest public transport infrastructure project in Sydney since construction of the Harbour Bridge almost a century ago.
“This is a great initiative – a business match-making service which will allow local small businesses to get involved and benefit from a global-scale project,” Member for Hornsby Matt Kean said.
“Whether you’re an electrician, a plumber, a truck driver, a concreter, a tiler, a mechanic or a surveyor, this service will link you with the managers of each major contract on the North West Rail Link.”
Mr Kean said: “This project isn’t just about the massive tunnel boring machines which will be in the ground next year – many industries, professions and trades will be needed to support construction of the 15km of twin tunnels and 4km skytrain, as well as the delivery of the eight new railway stations and the rapid transit service.”
The program will be run by Industry Capability Network, a business network that connects companies to projects and is funded by the NSW Government through NSW Trade and Investment.
Member for Hawkesbury Ray Williams said small businesses can register their interest for free online at www.gateway.icn.org.au
“There’s no fee for listing on the register, and businesses across the North West as well as greater Sydney, NSW and Australia can register,” Mr Williams said.
“ICN’s job is to support local industry participation in the delivery of major projects, so they will work with the consortiums and local businesses to match up skills and services to where they’re needed.
“ICN is currently accepting general expressions of interest in the project, and will post more detailed opportunities when prime contractors are appointed and specific project work packages are identified.”
Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott said this initiative underlines the NSW Government’s commitment to deliver stronger supply chain opportunities for NSW companies, including SMEs, around major projects.
“Our work with ICN was highlighted in the Government’s response to the recommendations of high-level industry taskforces on Manufacturing and Professional Services, released late last year, as a key opportunity to help drive local industry capability and support Government procurement,” Mr Elliott said.
ICN has helped regional NSW companies to become involved in the ongoing operation and maintenance of the NSW Country Link rail network, managed by John Holland on behalf of Railcorp and the ARTC.
The Gateway website now includes “Regional Gateway”, in which NSW Local Government advertises tender opportunities for local small businesses to bid on.
Small businesses can register their interest for free at www.gateway.icn.org.au