Industry News – September 2019

Three consortiums featuring the world’s leading construction companies have been shortlisted to build the North East Link’s twin road tunnels.

Following a worldwide search, the Andrews Labor Government today announced the three bidders vying for the $7-9 billion major works contract, as part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

The three shortlisted consortia include some of the biggest construction firms in Australia and around the world:

  • OneLink – comprising CPB Contractors, Samsung C&T Corporation, Egis Road Operations, UGL Engineering, Pacific Partnership, DIF Management Australia
  • Spark – comprising Salini Impregilo, GS Engineering and Construction, China Construction Oceania, Broadspectrum Australia, Capella Capital, John Laing Investments, and advisors Lend Lease Engineering
  • ViaNova – comprising John Holland Group, Acciona Construction, Lendlease Services, Plenary Group, Acciona Concesiones

The $15.8 billion North East Link is Victoria’s largest ever road project. It will create more than 10,000 jobs, take 15,000 trucks off local roads and slash travel times for up to 135,000 motorists.

The project will connect the M80 with the Eastern Freeway linking key growth areas in the north and south-east. It includes upgrades to the Eastern Freeway, a dedicated Doncaster Busway, more than 25 kilometres of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths, and improvements to community facilities including local sports grounds.

The successful PPP builder will design the North East Link including the twin tunnels, new interchanges, freeway upgrades and shared use paths. They will also be responsible for building the twin tunnels under the Yarra River, and operating the entire road corridor from the Eastern Freeway to Hoddle St and the M80, once it is built.

Early works to prepare for major construction will commence following planning approvals in 2020 and will deliver a range of preparatory works including power, water and other utility works.

CPB Contractors have today also been appointed to lead the early works package, valued at more than $200 million, with planning work to start in the coming weeks. The works will be sequenced and coordinated to reduce disruption to residents, businesses and road users, and will reduce future disruption during major construction in 2021.

An Independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee Public Hearing for North East Link is currently being held in Bulleen until 13 September.

A contract for the PPP is expected to be awarded near the end of the 2020, with major construction to start in 2021.

Source: © State of Victoria

The world’s largest crane is about to start work on the nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.

The crane, known as Big Carl (after Carl Sarens, the father of the Belgian family business which made it) is 250m tall and is one of the tallest man-made structures in the west country.

The massive crane can carry 5,000 tonnes in a single lift and will be used to lift prefabricated parts of the nuclear power station into place to be at Hinkley, in Somerset, for the next four years.

The Australian Resources and Energy Group, AMMA has just released the 2019-2024 Mining Workforce report.

According to the report, Australia’s mining industry will require around 21,000 new onsite operational employees by 2024 in order to meet the demand for mining projects.

“The forecast occupational breakdown includes 8660 mining plant operators, 2847 heavy diesel fitters and 4180 engineers, technicians, geologists and related roles to name a few.

State-by-state analysis shows Western Australia will have the greatest new mining workforce demand, with 30 projects requiring 10,679 operational employees by 2024.”


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The Federal Government has announced the launch of the $100 million National Water Grid Authority.

“The National Water Grid will deliver strategic planning and project management for water infrastructure across the nation.

“It will bring together the world’s best scientists, water experts and local stakeholder engagement to harvest and harness our most critical asset for future generations — ensuring that science, not politics — drives future decision making on water policy and infrastructure.”

The first order of business for the National Water Grid will be to look at how large-scale water diversion projects could be established to deliver reliable and cost effective water to farmers and regional communities.

This means building dams and weirs to shore up crucial domestic water supplies — making sure that water goes to the communities and farms in most need.

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Gold Coast – Locations have been announced for the first three of seven new railway stations to be built as part of the Cross River Rail Project.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones inspected the site at Pimpama, where a new station will be delivered as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $120 million commitment for three new Gold Coast railway stations at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Merrimac/Worongary.

The Minister responsible for delivering Cross River Rail also announced the government would start a month of thorough community consultation in October.

“The Gold Coast is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. These new stations are an important part of our commitment to improving public transport on the Coast,” Ms Jones.

“The government’s number one priority is to create jobs. This project won’t just create jobs during construction but will support Gold Coasters who need to travel for work each day.

“With the population expected to grow by an extra 350,000 residents over the next 25 years, better public transport is crucial on the Gold Coast.”

Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said patronage on the Gold Coast line had grown by more than five per cent for the past five years – with over 5.8 million trips in the past 12 months.

“This is a great win for Gold Coasters. Through Cross River Rail, we’re creating an extra 3150 seats. This means trains to Brisbane will leave as regularly as every five minutes during the morning peak period,” she said.

Ms Scanlon said the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority was working with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Translink to develop the early planning work for the new stations.

Source: © State of Queensland (Department of the Premier and Cabinet).


CIMIC has secured a a $463 million state government contract for a new underground CBD station as part of the new Sydney Metro rail network.

CIMIC Group company CPB Contractors will design and build the Sydney Metro City and Southwest Pitt Street station from 2020.

The Integrated Station Development will provide a 250-metre-long underground Pitt Street Station running from Park Street to Bathurst St, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, connecting the two station entries with retail and other commercial facilities.

In addition, CPB Contractors will work with Oxford Properties Group for the design and construction of the two high-rise buildings above the station.


The Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia (IPWEA) has awarded outstanding public works engineering projects and professionals at a gala event in Hobart.

Five of the 15 awards were taken out by Queensland projects, and three to New Zealanders, including Best Public Works Project over $5.0m for the rebuild of a Christchurch family playground after the 2010 earthquakes.

The winners of the 2019 IPWEA awards are listed below.

Best Public Works Project 2019 under $2.0m: Five Dock Main streetscape improvements, City of Canada Bay, New South Wales.

Best Public Works Project 2019 $2.0m – $5.0m: Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, Toogoolawah to Moore, Somerset Regional Council, Queensland

Best Public Works Project 2019 over $5.0m: Margaret Mahy Family Playground, Christchurch, CERA and WSP Opus, New Zealand

Excellence in Asset Management 2019: Wellington Water Supply Resilience Study, Wellington Water and Stantec, New Zealand

Excellence in Project Innovation 2019: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland

Excellence in Water Project 2019: Hartfield Park Waterproofing Project, City of Kalamundra, Western Australia

Excellence in Road Safety 2019: Flooded Roads Smart Warning System, Logan City Council, Queensland

Excellence in Environment & Sustainability 2019: Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Plan, City of Bayswater, Western Australia

Young IPWEA Emerging Leader Award 2019: Ben Clark, City of Adelaide, South Australia

IPWEA Australasia Public Works Leadership Medal 2019, sponsored and presented by Engineers Australia: Ossie Martinz, City of Monash, Victoria

IPWEA Australasia Public Works Medal for Project of the Year 2019, sponsored and presented by Engineers Australia: Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, Toogoolawah to Moore,  Somerset Regional Council, Queensland

Keith H Wood Medal: Ken Halstead (NSW)

National Asset Management Award (NAMie): For Best Asset Management Paper presented at the conference, Digital Engineering for Local Government Infrastructure Planning and Management, Ashish Shah, Logan City Council

E.J. (Ted) Hooper Medal: For best conference paper:  Temuka Water Event (Asbestos), Ashley Harper, Timaru District Council

People’s Choice Award: For best conference presentation: The Tyranny of Distance – Challenges of Infrastructure Delivery in Remote Indigenous Communities, Jo O’Brien, Tonkin Consulting