ORARA Clarence Industries, a subsidiary of Caringa, has pegged itself atop the competition vying for the contract for the surveyors pegs to be used in the Pacific Hwy upgrade.

The stretch of highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina has an expected completion date in 2020, with the local company holding the contract for as long as it takes to complete the works.

Member for Page Kevin Hogan said it was great news for the Clarence Valley with this being the third local company in only a week to be awarded a contract to work on the highway.

WOOD WORK: Member for Page Kevin Hogan (centre) gets a hand from Caringa workers Gavin Neale and Wayne Smith at the announcement that Caringa had won the contract to supply Pacific Hwy upgrade with survey pegs.
WOOD WORK: Member for Page Kevin Hogan (centre) gets a hand from Caringa workers Gavin Neale and Wayne Smith at the announcement that Caringa had won the contract to supply Pacific Hwy upgrade with survey pegs. Adam Hourigan

"Caringa have an agreement now with the Pacific Hwy upgrade that they're going to supply all the survey pegs for the Pacific Hwy roll-out," Mr Hogan said.

"We have over 50 people here with disabilities that are working on the project. Now their viability and sustainability is guaranteed for the next five or six years, which is fantastic.

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"Lets remember the five billion dollars that will be spent in this upgrade; we want as many local jobs as we can out of this.

"This is another story of local companies winning contracts and getting tenders that are now going to be employing more people. We want people employed that want jobs and this is great."

Orara Clarence Industries disability enterprise manager Dean Broughton said the successful contract would provide plenty more opportunities for local people with disabilities to find work.

"This enables us to keep providing this option of employment for people with disabilities in the Clarence Valley," Mr Broughton said. "While we're not relying specifically on this to keep going, it is just a great way to keep the job availability happening.

"We hire and employ people from the Valley, our contractors that we use are from the Valley, so if we get busy it passes along throughout the Valley."

With the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and its allowance for uncapped employment levels, Mr Broughton said the contract had been a timely boost for the business.

"This extra work will enable us to provide more work in the years to come."



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