Tram extension creating jobs for local SA businesses

23 January 2018

SA Government: The State Government’s record infrastructure investment and policies to maximise the use of local businesses and local workers is driving the creation of jobs in South Australia.

The $80 million tram extension is being delivered by a joint venture of local South Australian Company York Civil and Downer EDI with more than 90 per cent of all labour hours being conducted by South Australians.

In addition, approximately 40 South Australian companies are being used on the project to provide materials and services.

Pooraka based QPE Fabrication is delivering the complex track work and, as a direct result of this and other infrastructure projects, has grown its work force from nine to 27 people including several ex-Holden workers.

The work being carried out by QPE Fabrication includes detailed design, shop drawings, machining, bending, fabrication and highly specialised welding and has seen the track work fully sub assembled off site.

Other South Australian based companies delivering services and materials for the project include:


The major construction blitz to complete the final stage of the East End and Festival Plaza tram extension is progressing well.

Even with the extreme weather on Friday and Saturday, the North Terrace and King William Street intersection is on track to reopen on Monday, 15 January.

A massive amount of work has been carried out over the past six days, with six massive rock-breaker excavators working around the clock to remove around 1250 tonnes of concrete.

This was followed by the installation nine track panels, bituminous sealing, track welding, traffic signal modifications, installation of new conduits, and two major concrete pours.

Around 250 workers can be on site in a 24 hour period.

New drone footage released today shows just how much progress has been made in just 6 days and the complexity of the work being carried out.

Quotes attributable to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan

Our record investment in South Australia is driving the creation of jobs and economic activity for South Australian businesses.

It’s fantastic to see South Australian businesses like QPE benefitting not just from the State Government’s investment in infrastructure, but also from QPE’s work in the private sector.

The State Government created an Industry Advocate to maximise the use of local businesses and workers on our infrastructure projects and QPE is a great example of why this is so important.

With more than 40 South Australian based companies delivering services and materials for this project, the State Government is proudly putting South Australian jobs first.

Quotes attributable to QPE Manager Rail and Fabrication Peter Parrish

QPE Fabrication is proud to be a 100% owned South Australian company operating within the rail, defence, mining, water, oil and gas, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.

By working not only as a supplier but as an asset partner with York/Downer this project has enabled QPE Fabrication to show case our capability and capacity to successfully complete major infrastructure projects.

Having a continuous stream of work within both major public infrastructure projects and the private sector has enabled us to increase our permanent workforce, invest in training, upskilling and capital equipment.

Off the back of this project we now have a foundation to market our core capability and capacity and secure other major infrastructure projects throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific 




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