The construction of the first stage of the 55km Dungowan Pipeline is continuing to stimulate Tamworth’s economy creating dozens of local jobs across 60 different businesses including civil works and machinery companies.
Nationals Minister for Lands and Water and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the project had helped to inject more than $1 million into Tamworth’s economy this year and is expected to generate tens of millions for the region over the lifespan of the project.
“We are thinking big but acting locally by encouraging contractors to use Tamworth businesses and workers during the building of the Dungowan Pipeline,” Mr Anderson said.
“Building major water infrastructure opens up new opportunities for businesses which means more money in the till, a larger local workforce and more income to spend locally.
“In addition to procuring local supplies, the project is drawing on the rich knowledge and expertise of local businesses like Brycon Civil, TW Signs, Workforce Road Services and Transwest Fuels.”
Earthmoving company Brycon Civil is a family owned and operated business that employs more than 20 people providing heavy machinery, trucks, plant operators, and drivers for projects across Tamworth, the New England and North West NSW.
Owners Bryce Davies and Jason Lamb said the NSW Government had made it clear from the outset that they wanted the community to benefit from the Dungowan Pipeline project.
“The local business register and information sessions on the project made it easy for us and other local businesses to get involved,” Mr Davies said.
“I’ve found it amazing to see how many services, trades and suppliers a project like this requires. And if locals can do it, that’s a really positive outcome for our local economy, and ultimately for Tamworth.
“It’s been great to have our Brycon team working on this project so that we can play a part in securing Tamworth’s water supply not just for now, but also future generations.”
If you own or operate a local business and are interested in becoming a part of the Dungowan Pipeline Project we encourage you to register your business on the Water Infrastructure NSW database at www.dpie.water.nsw.gov.au/dungowan-dam or call 1800 318 045.