Construction of the Warwick Solar Farm is well underway and lead contractor Lendlease has announced that the $125 million project is delivering promised jobs to the region and boosting local business and industry. More than 40 jobs have been generated for locally based workers and 10 local businesses in the region were engaged in contracted work on the project which began early this year.

Councillor for Economic Development, Regional Promotion and Tourism Rod Kelly said that local industry and job seekers were reaping the benefits associated with the construction of the solar farm. “It is pleasing to see the positive impact of this huge $125 million project on our economy. It is bringing job opportunities to the region and is a major boost to local business and industry,” Said Kelly. “The 154 hectare project has generated more than 40 jobs for locally based workers across a range of trades including truck drivers, bus drivers, cleaners, general labourers, survey assistants and plant operators. “A number of local industries have also benefited including construction, waste management, electrical supplies, cleaning services, furniture rental, fuel, crane rental, security services and ground maintenance.”

Kelly said the project also had a positive flow on effect to other industries in the region such as real estate and retail. “There are a number of employees working on the project who have temporarily relocated to Warwick for the project duration. These people are renting Warwick properties and spending their money locally on food, beverage and recreation,” he said. The solar farm is expected to be completed and generating energy by early 2020.

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