SIMON Corbell says Canberra businesses will benefit from the Capital Metro light rail project with 40% of companies selected for the recently finalised Specialist Advisor Panel locally based.
Simon said the result was great news for a large number of local businesses.
“We put out requests for public tender some months ago. After careful consideration, and working to some very specific criteria, we have selected 48 companies to make up the Specialist Adviser Panel and 19 of these companies are locally based,” he said.
The companies on the Specialist Advisor Panel will be able to be called upon as required for the project over the next two years.
“The makeup of the panel is varied, from SME’s to multi-nationals. Capital Metro requires expertise in everything from project management and support, surveying, urban design and planning, through to light rail planning and environmental analysis.
“It is fantastic to see strong representation in what was a very select panel that focused intently on expertise and experience supporting large transport infrastructure projects.
“As the Capital Metro Agency works through its design and business case stages, it’s important for the agency to have a pool of highly skilled professionals on hand that can be engaged as required to provide valuable input to the project.
“The engagement of local companies exemplifies the range and depth of qualified knowledge we have in the Nation’s Capital,” Simon concluded.