The ASI welcomes the awarding of a major steelwork contract for the new Perth Stadium to fabricator member, Henderson-based Civmec Construction and Engineering on the back of close consultation with the Western Australian Government. The contract was awarded by Brookfield Multiplex, responsible for sourcing and securing the procurement packages for the construction phase as part of the Westadium Consortium which committed to supporting the WA Government’s ‘Building Local Industry’ and ‘Buy Local’ policies. The contact worth $73 million encompasses the supply and installation of more than 14,000 tonnes of structural steel to support the five-level stadium superstructure and fabric canopy over most seating areas. ASI Chief Executive, Don McDonald said the contact win is a testament to the State Government’s current local industry participation policy regarding strategic projects working as intended to afford full, fair and reasonable opportunity. “We were encouraged by the recent statements by the Treasurer, Mike Nahan, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Mia Davies and Minister for Small Business, Joe Francis in State Parliament and to the media on the potential for Western Australian suppliers, indicating the WA Government has been listening to the local industry and representations by the ASI,” he said. “The specification of Australian Standards for the stadium steel is a further positive that promotes everyone playing by the same procurement rules. “We urge other Australian states to follow Western Australia’s example in promoting a business environment that helps ensure taxpayer dollars are used to support local industry engagement.” It has been independently determined that for every 1000 tonnes of steel fabricated and erected in Australia, 60 jobs are created and nearly $2 million in Government tax revenue is generated. “Australian steel fabrication has a proud track record for quality and is also more flexible and responsive to design changes, is supplied on a just in time (JIT) basis without the uncertainty of shipping schedules and provides guaranteed, insured payment terms,” said Mr McDonald.