Cairns tradies to install more than 16,000 smoke alarms in social housing

More than 16,000 photoelectric smoke alarms will be installed in government owned and managed homes in the Cairns region in the coming months.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said Cairns contractors Alphacool, Haz-Elec Industries, ADP Electrical, Smart Elec and Contactus Electrical will fit the latest generation safer alarms as part of a $73 million state-wide program.

“The businesses won out in an open tender process that guaranteed local, qualified tradespeople and apprentices would do the work,” Mr Healy said.

“Across Queensland this is a massive undertaking that will see photoelectric smoke alarms installed in 71,000 homes, ensuring better protection for social housing tenants and employees in government owned and managed accommodation.

“The Palaszczuk Government was determined that local businesses would have the chance to do the work and I am delighted to announce Alphacool, Haz-Elec Industries, ADP Electrical, Smart Elec and Contactus Electrical have been successful and that they will purchase the alarms from local suppliers.”

“This is a program that is not just improving the safety of people in and around Cairns, it is also supporting local tradespeople and apprentices.”

Mr Healy said the Palaszczuk Government’s Buy Queensland policy gives priority to businesses within a 125 kilometre radius of where the work will be done.

“However, in this case, the qualifying line was drawn at 70 kilometres or where businesses were able to demonstrate a regular economic contribution within the radius to ensure it would be local workers who benefitted,” he said.

“We also prioritised tender submissions from businesses who would use apprentices and asked for details of how may apprentices they employed and their training programs.”

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