Western Downs Regional Council (WDRC) has announced three major tenders awarded for the Chinchilla Botanic Parklands: The landscaping package has been awarded to Boyds Bay Group; installation of the water play area to Playscape Creations and electrical work to Chinchilla local business MPC Contracting.

Directors of MPC Contracting Ross McQuade and Luke Scarlett said they were thrilled to secure the $500,000 tender to deliver the electrical package for such a major project in their own backyard. “Being local and all our employees being local, it’s a fantastic opportunity to put our name on something that’s going to be there forever,” Luke said. “We have a staff of nearly 20 employees and we’ll be using all our own equipment so it will be good for the guys who have had to work away in the past — the boys will be really happy to have the work and be home at night. I think it’s a good project for the community, there’s nothing in the district to this scale and it’s something we’ll be proud to work on.”

WDRC Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor Carolyn Tillman said the Parklands were starting to generate real work and opportunities for locals. “For construction to be starting on site is really exciting and we are thrilled at the level of work this will generate in the region, with two of our three major tenders delivering work for locals,” she said. “The Boyds Bay Group tender is for over $2 million and of that they’ve committed to using local sub-contractors and landscape suppliers for $870,000 worth of the work — so that’s a really fantastic result for our local economy. The company has listed local suppliers and sub-contractors to deliver services such as supply and laying of concrete, hire of machinery, irrigation supply and installation, supply of road base and granite and the supply of some plant species.”

Senior Estimator of Boyds Bay Group Tom Dawney said they were thrilled to win the tender for such a major landscaping package on the Western Downs and looked forward to working with local contractors to deliver the work. “It’s a project we’ve been aware of for over a year now and we think will be an award-winning project,” he said.

Electrical and landscaping works will commence by the end of the month, with construction of the Parkland’s playground equipment taking place later in the year.

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