WBHO Infrastructure (WBHO-I) is currently delivering its fourth project for the Department of Transport and Main Roads in Queensland, having met all key performance indicators for quality, relationships and safety on previous projects.
Committed to maximising local content on its projects, WBHO-I has awarded more than $100 million in contracts to local businesses supporting the delivery of the Six Mile Creek to Gavial Creek Safety Upgrade, the Bajool to Midgee Safety Upgrade, Bororen to Tannum Sands Safety Works and Daisy Dell Overtaking Lane, and the South of Bob’s Creek Road Safety Widening and Mogilno Road Intersection Upgrade.
WBHO-I is also proud to be working with local business CTC (part of IntoWork) as a recruitment partner to connect local people with jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships on its projects.
David McPadden, Executive General Manager Eastern Region, said it was an important strategic partnership that would support WBHO-I’s further growth in Queensland and create career opportunities for locals, enable greater indigenous participation in the construction industry and support the development of a strong regional skillset.
“WBHO-I has a strong regional focus,” he said. “More than 50% of our revenue comes from the delivery of projects in regional, remote and rural areas and North Queensland is a key target market for us. We’re currently working to deliver a number of upgrade projects on the Bruce Highway and we’re focussed on a number of road, Defence and renewable energy projects coming to market in Gladstone, Emerald and Rockhampton, and in Mackay and Townsville in north Queensland.”
“WBHO-I and CTC will work together to create training and employment opportunities for local people on these projects. We’ll also continue to build our strong network of local suppliers, providing supply chain opportunities and supporting even further job creation in the region.”
Richard Robins, Project Manager, Queensland, confirmed WBHO-I was committed to backing local businesses on its projects. “On our recent projects on the Bruce Highway, 80% of our suppliers were from Queensland – more than half of those local businesses within 50 kilometres of our sites,” he said.
“For example, William Grader Hire is one of our valued local suppliers from Calliope. They’ve supplied the plant and labour for pavement construction and earthworks on our Bruce Highway projects and have just been awarded their third contract with WBHO-I. Similarly, Hopkins Quarry from Rockhampton has supplied a lot of our quarry product for our recent road projects. We’ve been really happy with their work and the quality of the service provided by their team.”
A diversified engineering and infrastructure provider, WBHO-I has been operating in Australia since 1983 and now has seven offices across the country, including offices in Brisbane and Rockhampton.