News bulletin 08:
News bulletin 08: 5 Mar 2019

Nine mid-tier civil construction companies have banded together in the Australian Owned Contractors (AOC) alliance to lobby governments for more opportunities in the delivery of major public infrastructure projects. It says 80% of local infrastructure worth $500M+ is delivered by foreign multinationals.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the December 2018 figures for construction and details of building approvals as at January 2019.

A Women in Civil committee has been launched by the Civil Contractors Federation South Australia (CCFSA)  as part of a push to attract and retain women in the civil sector in the state.

A new public hospital will be designed and built in Footscray in Melbourne to the tune of $1.5 billion. Community consultation starts shortly, with the tender process commencing around mid-year, and an expected open date of 2025.

The $50 million Frankston train station in Melbourne (pictured) has been completed, having been the clear winner in a 2017 two-stage national design competition. Its architects saw it as a "brilliant white landmark" to act as the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula.

The CEO of Melbourne Airport has indicated there are "ambitious plans" to upgrade the facility to cater for increasing passenger volumes, attract new carriers and services, and expanding runway capabilities.

Image: Frankston Station. Source: Peter Clarke via Architecture AU.