Gold Coast tradies can rest assured that the construction industry will remain alive and well, in the midst of the coronavirus.
Queensland’s Transport Minister has weighed in on the matter this morning, especially in relation to the vital upgrades happening on the M1.
Work is almost finished on the upgrades between, with the on ramp at exit 85 now open to traffic.
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The stretch between Varsity Lakes to Mudgeeraba will soon wrap up, before construction on the next stretch between Varsity Lakes and Tugun begins which will mean hundreds of jobs for Gold Coasters.
There were concerns that in a total lockdown, construction jobs could be lost, though Transport Minister Mark Bailey told myGC it just won’t happen.
“It’s a really tough time for people with the coronavirus crisis, with a lot of jobs lost, but the good news is the next M1 upgrade, which is 5 times the size of the one we’ve just completed now, will start in the coming months, and that will mean hundreds of jobs on the Gold Coast.
“Construction is an essential industry. It’s also low risk, in terms of coronavirus.
“So M1 motorists will not only see the opening of this M1 upgrade, they’ll see the next – much bigger one – start from Varsity Lakes to Tugun by mid year, and that means hundreds more jobs.
“Construction is considered an essential industry by the federal government, and so construction is absolutely critical to continue.
“It’s low risk – with provisions there in terms of health and hygiene and those sorts of things.
“So M1 motorists will continue to see these upgrades happen under the Palaszczuk Government,” Minister Bailey said.