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Here you will find the latest news and media releases from CCF WA and CCF's national office. Click on the news item below to read more.

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  • 21 Feb 2024 3:35 PM | Andy Graham (Administrator)


    CCF WA is proud to acknowledge the panel of judges for this year's Western Australian Civil Construction Industry & Training Awards:

    • Tiffany Allen; Chief Executive Officer, Construction Training Fund
    • David Della Bona, Managing Director, WA Limestone and Immediate Past President, CCF WA
    • Jon Griffin; Regional Manager, DevelopmentWA
    • Nathan Hardwick, Head of Project Management, Water Corporation
    • Karen Ho; Director-General, Department of Training and Workforce Development
    • Sharon Kais; Chief Executive Officer, KAIS GROUP of Companies
    • Dennis Kickett, Director Aboriginal Engagement, Transport Portfolio
    • Peter Rowles; Chairman, Civil Construction Industry Training Committee and Past President, CCF WA
    • David Schlueter, General Manager, Enviro Infrastructure and CCF WA Vice-President
    • Belinda Stopic; Acting Executive Director Infrastructure Delivery, Office of Major Transport Infrastructure Delivery

    We’re honoured to have such an esteemed group of judges to assess nominations across the twelve Industry Award categories and seven Training Awards.

    The Western Australian Civil Construction Industry & Training Awards are our industry’s annual celebration of individual and corporate achievement.

    Nominations close April 3, 2024 and the winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner on Friday, April 19, 2024.

    It's the WA civil industry's biggest night out, with 500+ attendees expected again this year. Join us to celebrate the winners and finalists, network, and enjoy entertainment from Felix The Band.

    Tickets are on sale now.

    The Western Australian Civil Construction Industry & Training Awards are proudly supported by our Major Sponsor WesTrac Cat, supported by The Apprenticeship Community, Civil Train WA, CJD Equipment, Construction Training Fund, DevelopmentWA, Enviro Plant Hire, Halo Civil Engineering, Kais Hire, MiniQuip, NPE, Coffey Testing and Motivation Foundation.


  • 7 Feb 2024 5:25 PM | Alice Graham (Administrator)

    (Published in the CCF WA Bulletin, 2024 Edition 4)

    There’s a scene in the ABC TV show Utopia where the Nation Building Authority’s Tony Woodford visits a government project site to figure out why labour costs are double the original estimates.

    “You pay peanuts, you get monkeys,” an employee representative tells him. “Peanuts? That guy’s going to be on $120,000 a year,” Tony replies, gesturing towards a traffic controller. He goes on to point out that the traffic controller’s wage is $50,000 more than the government pays a high school teacher.

    I was reminded of this scene while reading a recent AFR opinion piece by John Lloyd, the inaugural commissioner of the ABCC. Mr Lloyd compares the standard weekly wage of a traffic controller on the Melbourne Metropolitan Tunnel Project, $126,200 a year, with the starting salaries of nurses ($72,000) and teachers ($78,000) in Victoria, and notes: “A workplace relations system that produces such bizarre pay relativities is in strife”.

    Recent developments here in WA suggest we may be heading in the same direction. In October, Main Roads WA made changes to its Traffic Management Company Registration Scheme, mandating a minimum ordinary hourly rate of $37.24 per hour for all traffic controllers on state roads – whether they’re working on a Main Roads project, or for any other client.

    Traffic controllers must also receive all relevant loadings and entitlements in the Building and Construction General On-site Award 2020. An entry-level traffic controller’s base 38-hour week wage will now be $73,586 per annum, or $78,672 per annum with fares and travel allowance. Working a 50-hour week, they’ll be paid $116,851 per annum.

    While the new government-mandated wage for traffic controllers is not at the absurd levels seen on eastern states major projects, it’s nevertheless way out of step with the typical wages for semi-skilled, entry-level Western Australian workers in construction and other sectors.

    As our article on page 8 explains, Main Roads has acted in response to concerns about some isolated pay inconsistencies in the traffic management industry.

    In our view, overriding the Fair Work system to impose a rate on the whole industry that’s 38% higher than the award is a massive over-reaction. The article explains why, and the effects this will have.

    The seemingly random decision to overpay traffic controllers started to make a bit more sense in mid-November with the release of the Expression of Interest document for the Alliance Contract to design and construct Tonkin Highway Extension and Thomas Road Upgrade (Package 1 of 2). Under the heading ‘Industrial Relations’ the EOI notes: “Main Roads intends on mandating best practice industrial relations principles (BPIR) into the Project Alliance Agreement.”

    At the core of BPIR is a government-sanctioned pattern agreement. In Queensland, it’s already in force and known as BPIC (best practice industry conditions). A typical BPIC agreement includes:

    • Base pay rates more than 80% higher than award rates.
    • A site allowance of up to $8.00 per hour (the maximum allowance kicks in at $700 million project value).
    • A Fares and Travel Allowance of $50.00/day, more than double the BCGOA rate.
    • A 36-hour week.
    • Mandatory employer contributions to various income protection, redundancy, and welfare trusts totalling around $200 per week per employee.
    All up, $130,000 per annum for a 36-hour week with no trade qualifications required. Bizarre, indeed.

    Queensland Government agencies are careful to point out that BPIC isn’t mandatory, but contractors fully understand that if they don’t play ball, they won’t win the work.

    As a guidance note from Brisbane law firm Gadens explains, BPIC is integral to the tender process, and is then embedded in the contract: “(BPIC) is a mandatory evaluation criterion, with all contractors commonly required to demonstrate: how they will provide terms and conditions of employment, including specific pay rates, for their employees who will perform work on the project, which are at least equivalent to the BPICs for the project; and the best endeavours process they will use to engage subcontractors or sub-subcontractors who provide terms and conditions of employment, including specific pay rates, for their personnel who will perform work on the project, which are at least equivalent to the BPICs.

    “The commitments made by successful tenderers … will be included in the terms and conditions of relevant contracts and subcontracts on a cascading basis.”

    Main Roads isn’t sure yet how the BPIR requirement will be worded in WA, although it’s been suggested there will be no room for negotiation – it will be expected that everyone on the site is paid the BPIR rates.

    WA’s first iteration of BPIR will include rates on a par with the current METRONET head contractor enterprise agreements, around 35-40% over the award. Looking at the current rates in Victoria and Queensland, it’s likely that award disparity will keep climbing until we reach 70-80%. 

    It’s reasonable to wonder why a government would insist on extremely high pay rates that will add to the cost of not only their own projects, but also the cost of land development and other private sector works. 

    Only a few weeks ago, Deputy Premier Hon Rita Saffioti MLA rightly noted that infrastructure projects in WA had not suffered the type of cost blowouts seen on the Eastern States.

    Surely, one of the reasons we have avoided massive blowouts is that wages on our major projects have not exploded, as they have in some other states. Yet here we are, lighting the fuse.

    According to Main Roads, BPIR is needed to attract and retain more experienced civil construction workers. The problem with that argument is the wages currently available on major transport projects are already high by industry standards and already attracting the best people from elsewhere. Ask any land development contractor how hard it is to keep good employees.

    Of course, industry also wants a skilled, experienced and well-paid civil construction workforce. But we believe blunt instruments like BPIR/BPIC are not the best way to achieve it, and a better outcome can be achieved with industry consultation.

    Andy Graham
    CCF WA CEO


  • 12 Dec 2023 1:33 PM | Andy Graham (Administrator)

    Australia’s peak civil construction industry body welcomes the Federal Government’s new Migration Strategy, which includes reforms that could greatly improve the civil construction sector’s ability to employ much-needed skilled plant operators and other skilled construction workers from overseas.

    Under the new Strategy, civil construction plant operator and other blue-collar roles could be eligible through a new Core Skills Pathway, subject to meeting skills shortage and wage threshold requirements.

    Currently, trade-level civil construction roles do not qualify for standard skilled migration pathways (such as subclass 482) as they are either mis-categorised or not included in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).

    Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) National President Mick Boyle said these welcome reforms acknowledge the importance of highly skilled workers in the civil construction sector, which has long been disadvantaged by the current system.

    “We’ve been saying for years that ANZSCO needs urgent reform because highly skilled workers have been locked out of our country’s skilled migration policy settings by outdated and inflexible occupation lists.” Mr Boyle said.

    “Now it looks like the new Core Skills Pathway system will have the flexibility to determine our migration priorities according to what’s best for the country – using an evidence-based approach, rather than being constrained by redundant red tape.

    “We are excited by this development and look forward to working with the Federal Government and with Jobs and Skills Australia on developing and implementing this new system as soon as possible.

    “We also urge the Federal Government to take a similar commonsense approach to reforming its training incentives system. Civil construction apprenticeships are currently excluded from the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System, due to its reliance on the same outdated ANZSCO framework.”


  • 21 Nov 2023 12:41 PM | Alice Graham (Administrator)

    Australia’s peak civil construction industry body Civil Contractors Federation Australia (CCF) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 CCF National Earth Awards. This year’s finalists and winners were recognised at the awards ceremony held on 10th November in Canberra. Congratulations to the 2023 CCF National Earth Awards winners:

    PROJECT VALUE UP TO $2M

    BridgePro/ Latrobe Council | Warrawee Suspension Bridge | Tasmania

    Latrobe Council sent a Request for Tender for a contractor to undertake the design and construction of a new bridge. This bridge was to replace the existing trail bridge connecting the Latrobe to Railton section of the Wild Mersey Mountain bike park. The scope of the works was to deliver a new ‘high-level’ bridge that would be used for recreational use as well as part of the green-rated mountain bike trail in the Warrawee Reserve, whilst meeting all required environmental considerations from the Parks and Wildlife Service.

    As the successful contractor, BridgePro designed and constructed the largest pedestrian suspension bridge in the southern hemisphere. Further environmental challenges arose throughout the project, including construction scheduled during the endangered Wedgetail Eagle nesting and breeding season. However, the project was successfully delivered on budget with a lasting impact on their business, staff and the local community.

    PROJECT VALUE BETWEEN $2M AND $5M

    Civilcraft | E.S. Marks Athletics Field Safety Upgrade | New South Wales

    Civilcraft was engaged by Greater Sydney Parklands to finalise the design, and construct the safety upgrade to the historic E.S. Marks Athletics Field. Once the premier athletics facility in Sydney, the ageing venue was experiencing structural failings of the southern grandstand. It needed a new lease of life, and improved amenities.

    The project involved the partial demolition of the grandstand and entry buildings to make way for a new 33-space carpark, on-site bus parking, architecturally designed ticket booth, and new ingress and egress routes. Construction amongst protected heritage trees required strict environmental controls, monitoring and design changes. The project was delivered to a high standard, providing an outstanding facility to benefit the community.

    PROJECT VALUE BETWEEN $5M AND $10M

    Ertech | Onslow Boating Precinct Stage 1A | Western Australia

    Ertech’s scope of works included the dredging of 45,000 cubic metres of material to allow the construction of a rock wall revetment; two new boat ramps; and a floating pontoon holding jetty. Also included were a new stormwater drainage line, gross pollutant traps, sealed carpark and driveway, solar-powered street lighting, and associated road furniture.

    Ertech’s alternative methodology involved a temporary earth bund, complete with dewatering systems, to protect the work area from the influence of tides. This allowed work to be performed up to 8 metres below high tide level, with most dredging and rock revetment works completed in dry conditions. The entire boat ramp construction was performed in the dry, hugely improving safety and efficiency.

    PROJECT VALUE BETWEEN $10M AND $30M

    Melbourne Water, John Holland-KBR Joint Venture, Interflow and Welltech Total Water Management | Epsom Main Sewer Rehabilitation | Victoria

    Melbourne Water, John Holland-KBR Joint Venture, Interflow and Welltech Total Water Management delivered the high-risk rehabilitation of 1.6km of the Epsom Main Sewer. The project’s technical complexities were responded to by the team with an innovative, collaborative, and sustainable mindset. The project installed a bypass sewer network that surcharged flow upstream to minimise stakeholder impacts and designed and installed a mechanical plug to create a safer work environment.

    They also winched the liner through previously lined sections to overcome off-set maintenance holes and responded to the extended 24 hour/7 day works due to unforeseen infiltration with a caring and people focus. The project was delivered on budget and time and met stakeholder commitments. The team ensured the experience of project impacts by community, businesses and stakeholders were minimised while the asset was upgraded for another 50 years of service.

    PROJECT VALUE BETWEEN $30M AND $75M

    BMD Constructions | Mt Crosby East Bank Water Treatment Plant Upgrade | Queensland

    BMD Constructions was engaged by Seqwater as the principal contractor to deliver upgrade works at the Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant in the western suburbs of Brisbane. The treatment plant is a critical asset for the safe delivery and supply of over 50% of the water produced by the utility provider for South-East Queensland.

    The upgrades were critical to ensure the integrity of the water supply and compliance requirements for the next 25 years. Essential works included upgrading the ageing infrastructure’s filtration system, replacing the existing controller programme and moving all controls onto a new system. Given the project was undertaken in a fully operational water treatment plant, maintaining operations was key to the success of the project. Through careful project planning and innovation, BMD were able to deliver the project four months ahead of program with no interruptions to supply.

    PROJECT VALUE BETWEEN $75M AND $150M

    Seymour Whyte Constructions | Pacific Motorway Upgrade Varsity Lakes to Burleigh (VL2B) | Queensland

    Seymour Whyte - on behalf of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads - delivered the Gold Coast's first Diverging Diamond Interchange on the M1 Pacific Motorway's Exit 87 to ease congestion and improve traffic flow. Within the overall six-lane motorway widening upgrade, the project also delivered a positive biodiversity legacy and optimised resources towards circular economy outcomes.

    Seymour Whyte's environmental ambition and decarbonisation strategy allowed the team to deliver Queensland's first Infrastructure Sustainability rating on a construct-only contract. Seymour Whyte's approach to 'working in partnership' with all project stakeholders was key in successfully delivering this project, injecting 98% of project value into the local economy, with 3.9% going to First Nations businesses. Seymour Whyte is recognised for outstanding achievements in developing safe, innovative solutions with a sustainability focus through project planning with minimal impacts on residents and commuters.

    PROJECT VALUE GREATER THAN $150M

    Fulton Hogan Construction | Princes Highway Upgrade Albion Park Rail Bypass | New South Wales

    Transport for NSW engaged Fulton Hogan to design and construct the Albion Park Rail bypass – the largest infrastructure project in the region’s history. The 9.8-kilometre Princes Motorway extension between Yallah and Oak Flats bypassed the town of Albion Park Rail. With improved travel times, it completes the 'missing link' for a high-quality road between Sydney and Bomaderry.

    Despite significant rainfall, complex traffic staging over live roads and railway, working under a flight path, at-house noise mitigation treatments, soft soils, and a net import balance; the Project was delivered ahead of schedule and on budget. The known risks were one thing, but the unforeseen challenges of geotechnical movement, an existing water leak, deer, an unexploded ordnance and asbestos contamination. The team worked collaboratively to resolve all the issues and deliver several legacy environmental, safety, and community initiatives.


    CONTACT DETAILS

    CCF President Mick Boyle is available for comment. Please call 1300 223 753.

    IMAGES

    Images of each winner are available and must be credited to Hiebl Photography.

  • 17 Nov 2023 10:34 AM | Deleted user

    Australia’s peak civil construction industry body is pleased that the Federal Government has finally presented the findings of its infrastructure funding review.

    Civil Contractors Federation President Mick Boyle said it is understandable that states and territories were upset at the cuts to their project pipelines. Clarity is required on the timing of funds set aside for delayed projects.

    Mr Boyle said each state and territory would need support to deliver the infrastructure it needs, and the Federal Government may need to accept that its $120 million infrastructure commitment over 10 years is no longer sufficient to deliver a strong nationwide pipeline of road and rail upgrades.

    “The reality is that construction costs have increased dramatically,” he said. “Labour, concrete, steel, asphalt, fuel and other inputs are all significantly more expensive than they were a few years ago. The Federal Government needs to adjust for that reality.

    “States and Territories have limited ability to raise funds for the infrastructure they need to meet the growth of our nation. The Federal Government’s new 50/50 funding rule for regional projects will put an additional burden on the states, compromising the viability of nationally significant regional projects.

    “CCF requests that the Federal Government reconsider the new 50/50 funding rule for critical regional projects which may need more Federal funding to be viable.

    Mr Boyle said the Federal Government needs to be clear and transparent around the ‘national significance’ threshold of $500 million, to ensure it does not disadvantage the local and regional contractors and communities the government says it wants to support.

    “That threshold could rule out far too many worthy projects, especially in the regions but also in metropolitan areas,” he said. “The guiding principles for the Federal Government should be that projects are cost-effective and have a strong business case. By all means, set a minimum amount to keep the pipeline manageable, but $500 million is too high.

    “Research has shown that ‘mega projects’ are the most susceptible to cost blowouts, so the last thing the Federal Government should be doing in setting its funding threshold, so it creates more ‘mega projects’.

    “CCF is prepared to work with government as they implement the Infrastructure Policy Statement to find workable productive procurement solutions for industry to ensure that the process creates project sizes for Australia’s local and regional contractors so they are able to deliver Australia’s infrastructure.”



  • 17 Nov 2023 10:03 AM | Deleted user

    Nicholas Proud has been appointed as National CEO of the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) and will commence in the CCF Canberra Office early in the New Year.

    Mr Proud brings to the role 20 years of diverse experience in policy, advocacy and finance within peak bodies and industry associations.

    CCF National President Mick Boyle said: “There has never been a more important time in Australia for civil contractors and the Civil Contractors Federation. With that in mind we undertook an extensive recruitment process for this important role and Nicholas was the standout candidate. The National Board and I are really looking forward to working with Nicholas who has a wealth of experience and an impressive track record of strong leadership and effective advocacy in similar roles.”

    Mr Proud said: “I have really enjoyed my last 8 years as CEO with PowerHousing Australia, effectively advocating for housing affordability and building great communities. This next dynamic role is focussed on national infrastructure delivery across the transport, water, and energy sectors all of which are so important for communities and affordable housing. I am looking forward to my National CEO role at the Civil Contractors Federation and building on all the great work my State and Territory colleagues are doing around the country to work with government and advocate for our members at a federal level here in Canberra.”

    Mr Proud will commence his new role on Monday 29 January 2024.


  • 7 Oct 2023 12:10 PM | Andy Graham (Administrator)

    WA’s historic Forrestfield-Airport Link rail project has won the $150 million-plus project value category at the 2023 WA Earth Awards, the civil construction industry’s annual awards for project excellence.

    Now known as the Airport Line, the Forrestfield-Airport Link project involved two tunnel boring machines tunnelling for 8km -- the longest tunnels ever built in Western Australia.

    The congestion-busting Leach Highway and Welshpool Road Interchange project won the $75-150 million category, while two other State Government Transport Portfolio projects took out the under $2 million and $5-10M categories respectively.

    CCF WA CEO Andy Graham said the dominance of transport projects again this year -- with four out of the seven category winners -- underlined the importance of road, rail and harbour works to the state’s civil construction sector.

    “Another hugely important sector for our industry is resources construction projects, and it was pleasing to see our member company Whittens win the $30-75 million category for works at Fortescue’s Iron Bridge project,” Mr Graham said.

    “Rounding out the category winners were two projects delivered for other highly valued State Government clients -- Water Corporation and DevelopmentWA.

    “We were thrilled to welcome State Government members of Parliament Hon David Michael MLA and Hon Pierre Yang MLA to the event, and to share in celebrating the winners with them.”

    Another major transport project, the Mitchell Freeway Extension, was presented with the Judges’ Award.

    The Earth Award category winners will now represent WA at the National Earth Awards, to be announced in Canberra on November 10.

    The seven category winners and Judges Award winners are listed below with information about the projects. More information, and high-resolution images of the projects and award presentations, are available on request.


    2023 WA Earth Awards Winners

    Project Value more than $150 million: Webuild-NRW Joint Venture, Forrestfield-Airport Link

    Now known as the Airport Line, the $1.86 billion project is the first new train line to be introduced into the Public Transport Authority network since 2007.

    Construction involved two tunnel boring machines excavating directly under Perth Airport’s runways, from High Wycombe to Bayswater, reaching around 27m below ground at its deepest point. The TBMs each spent approximately 900 days underground, placing more than 9000 concrete tunnel lining rings that had been manufactured in a local facility.

    The project also delivered three new stations, three emergency egress shafts, 12 cross passages, two dive structures, rail infrastructure and systems.

    The project did not stop at all through the COVID pandemic. Webuild-NRW effectively managed the global supply chain issues, delivering the project within budget.

    Project Value $75-150 million: Leach Welshpool Alliance, Leach Highway and Welshpool Road Interchange

    This project addressed one of Perth’s most congested and dangerous intersections.

    Main Roads WA’s delivery methodology involved a sole-source Alliance Development Agreement phase, which allowed the early involvement of constructor Georgiou Group, designer BG&E, and geotechnical consultant Golder & Associates. This resulted in a range of beneficial value outcomes, including earlier design enhancements – such as a more efficient and sustainable roundabout design for Welshpool Road, replacing the original signalised diamond.

    Construction challenges and solutions included a non-traditional three-span post-tensioned bespoke tapered bridge over live rail. LWA created innovative temporary support systems across each stage of the bridge installation. LWA meticulously staged 32 traffic switches to ensure two lanes each way remained active on Leach Highway throughout construction.

    Project Value $30-75 million: Whittens, Iron Bridge Project Earthworks and Concrete – Port, Concentrate Handling Facility & Concentrate Diversion Pond.

    Whittens delivered the earthworks and concrete for the Concentrate Handling Facility and Concentrate Diversion Pond in Port Hedland – self-delivering over 320,000 cu. m of earthworks and 10,700 cu. m of concrete, and managing a multitude of specialist subcontractors.

    Whittens overcame the challenges of completing critical works during the pandemic through detailed planning and efficient execution. During the tender process, the project team identified cost savings could be achieved through smarter scheduling, efficient methodologies and the use of alternative materials.

    Whittens’ project team had a clear understanding of client Fortescue’s objectives, and maintained open communication with the client while creating a positive atmosphere. Through early identification of project risks, Whittens anticipated necessary actions and mitigation measures, reducing costs and avoiding disruptions.

    Project Value $10-30 million: RJV, Princess Margaret Hospital Demolition & Remediation

    This was one of the largest projects of its kind undertaken in an urban setting in WA. It was also one of the most high-risk, requiring significant asbestos removal, innovative solutions for managing the works close to residential areas, and the sensitive treatment of heritage elements.

    With 56,000 tonnes of concrete and bricks to be removed from the site, as well as 15,000t of steel, many months of planning went into the careful management of the demolition process.

    From the outset, minimising disruption to stakeholders and residents was identified as critical to the successful delivery of the project. Managing dust was a key concern and special care was taken to limit its spread using water mist cannons and scaffold containment sheeting.

    To manage the extent of asbestos onsite, various innovative and advanced techniques and methods were employed.

    Project Value $5-10 million: Ertech, Onslow Boating Precinct Stage 1A

    This multi-stage upgrade to the boating facility and supporting infrastructure included the dredging of 45,000 cu.m of material to facilitate the construction of a rock wall revetment; two new boat ramps; and a floating pontoon holding jetty. Also included were a new stormwater drainage line, gross pollutant traps, sealed carpark and driveway, solar-powered street lighting, and associated road furniture.

    Ertech’s alternative construction methodology involved a temporary earth bund, complete with dewatering systems, to protect the work area from the influence of tides. This allowed work to be performed up to 8m below high tide level, with 70 per cent of the dredging and rock revetment works able to be completed in dry conditions. The entire boat ramp construction was performed in the dry, hugely improving safety and efficiency.

    Project Value $2-5 million: Rob Carr and Water Corporation, Belmont Park Optus Stadium DN500 Water Link

    This project included the construction of a new water distribution main connecting to an existing DN500 water main located in the northern precinct of the Optus Stadium site; and micro-tunnelling under the PTA rail corridor and Graham Farmer Freeway to connect to a proposed DN400 water main located in the Belmont Park Development site.

    The proposed pipe alignment extended across an area historically used as a landfill and a concrete batching site. Both controlled and uncontrolled fill were encountered across the site. The area was known to contain remnants of cinders and fly ash from the decommissioned East Perth Power station. This required onerous controls to manage the safety and environmental outputs. Rob Carr showcased exceptional expertise in managing a mix of ground conditions along the tunnel alignment.

    Project Value up to $2 million: Enviro Infrastructure, Leighton Embankment Remediation

    Enviro remediated a failing limestone embankment, which was causing debris fall and posing a risk to rail operations on the Fremantle Line. The embankment was cut almost 100 years ago in the early development period of Perth’s rail network, and years of weathering had caused sectional undermining and erosion to the limestone rock face.

    Not only was the remediation footprint located within the structural clearance of the rail line and its high voltage Overhead Live Equipment, but a redundant 600mm asbestos water main was identified as running through the full extent of the 325m long remediation alignment. Despite extensive logistical and planning challenges, the project was delivered on time, on budget and with zero HSEQ incidents or quality non-conformances.

    Judges Award: Mitchell Extension JV – Mitchell Freeway Extension

    The extension of the Mitchell Freeway in Perth’s northern suburbs encompassed the 5.6km extension of the freeway, duplication of Wanneroo Road, new freeway access points at Lukin Drive, Butler Boulevard and Romeo Road, shared paths, underpasses, and a bridge over the Butler railway.

    Sustainability was a priority focus, with the joint venture engineering innovative solutions to reduce the project’s carbon footprint. This included the first successful trial of EME2 sustainable asphalt for Main Roads WA, and sharing materials with METRONET’s Yanchep Rail Extension project to reduce waste.

    Showcasing exceptional innovation and agility throughout the program, the JV employed cutting-edge techniques to optimise cost effectiveness for on-time delivery of a seamlessly executed project, with two major additions to the original scope.


  • 29 Sep 2023 12:01 PM | Alice Graham (Administrator)

    Today’s announcement of $13 million in relief payments paid to State Government building contractors is no comfort to civil construction contractors whose businesses are ineligible for the escalation relief scheme.

    Civil Contractors Federation WA CEO Andy Graham said the Government’s Head Contractor Relief Scheme was narrowly limited to construction works procured through the departments of Finance and Communities.

    “Those departments mainly procure building works, such as schools and housing,” Mr Graham said. “This means the scheme has effectively been targeted at the building sector. It’s provided little or no relief to our members in the civil construction sector, who construct Government road, rail, power, water, port and land development projects. 

    “Some State Government civil contracts already had built-in escalation clauses, but many more didn’t. The relief scheme could have been a godsend to local civil contractors who – just like their fellow contractors in the building sector – have had to bear the brunt of extreme and unforeseen escalation over the past couple of years.

    “The Government media release notes that building industry groups have welcomed the relief scheme, which is perfectly understandable as the scheme provides targeted relief for their members. But the release doesn’t explain why the scheme doesn’t provide any support to hundreds of other hard-working construction businesses who deliver civil works for the State Government.

    “It’s not too late to address this glaring oversight.”


  • 22 Feb 2023 1:43 PM | Alice Graham (Administrator)


    Western Australia’s civil construction industry welcomes a new State Government initiative to help property developers meet the cost of essential enabling infrastructure works for housing developments.

    Through the $80 million Infrastructure Development Fund, announced today by Premier Mark McGowan, the Government will contribute to the cost of utility headworks (including water, wastewater and electricity) for certain metropolitan infill developments and priority regional housing. 

    Civil Contractors Federation CEO Andy Graham said the fund is a welcome boost for developers who are stepping up to help the State meet its policy objectives for infill developments and regional housing.

    “The high cost of complex enabling civil works can be a major obstacle for developers,” Mr Graham said. “This fund will help our private sector clients offset those costs and will directly incentivise more developments.

    “CCF WA congratulates the Property Council WA for championing this initiative, and thanks the State Government for responding decisively.

    “WA’s civil construction sector is proud to provide the essential infrastructure works that facilitate all residential construction.”


    For further media enquiries please contact CCF WA by email at ccfwa@ccfwa.com.au


  • 27 Oct 2022 2:30 PM | Alice Graham (Administrator)

    Australia’s peak national body for the civil infrastructure sector says the Federal Government’s Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 has the potential to cripple the infrastructure sector by causing widespread industrial disputation, threatening the livelihoods of thousands of civil construction companies and the workers they employ.

    Civil Contractors Federation National CEO Chris Melham said: “Within 48 hours after confirming its commitment to retain the $120 billion, 10 year rolling infrastructure investment program, the Federal Government has thrown a grenade into the infrastructure sector by confirming its intention to dissolve the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC)  and create industry-wide uncertainty by introducing industry-wide pattern deals.

    “The most disappointing aspect has been the lack of open and transparent consultation by the Government in the formulation and delivery of this Bill to the Parliament, which has caused significant industry uncertainty. It is also unreasonable for the Government to use the Jobs and Skill Summit as the platform for justifying the introduction of this Bill. This Bill in its entirety was not presented to the Summit, but rather a high level of indication regarding jobs, skills and productivity.

    “CCF supports this Bill being referred to a Senate Inquiry to allow stakeholders an opportunity to consider its content in more detail and put forward their respective positions; a process that should allow sufficient time for widespread consultation between industry groups and their members.

    “The infrastructure sector showed great resilience and commitment to the Australian economy by working non-stop through the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping hundreds of thousands of workers in a job, and this Bill in its current form now threatens the livelihoods of those workers and their employers. It will potentially become an industrial relations epidemic.

    “One of the key problems facing the construction industry in the past three decades has been low productivity compared to other sectors including mining and transport; not because the workplace bargaining system is broke, but because of poor industry financial outcomes brought about by inefficient and costly procurement processes, unfair contractual conditions, risk allocation, price escalation and supply chain issues.

    “Removing the ability of individual employers and their employees to negotiate working conditions reflective of the worksite will almost certainly worsen productivity because the construction industry does not operate in a one-size-fits-all environment."

    Mr Melham said that contrary to claims that the ABCC was politicised, discredited and unnecessary, the following facts demonstrated the ABCC had been apolitical and extremely effective as an industry watchdog overseeing the behaviour of both unions and employers on construction sites, and contributing effectively to industry viability:

    1. Between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2022, contractors reported 9,133 separate instances of delayed or unpaid payment claims to the ABCC.
    2. The delayed or unpaid payment claims reported to the ABCC totalled $873 million.
    3. Of the matters reported to the ABCC, the ABCC identified ‘potential issues’ in 58% of cases and achieved voluntary rectification in 97.4% of cases.1

    “Retention of the ABCC is paramount until the Government can demonstrate the alternative regulatory framework will deliver an even more robust compliance and enforcement regime," Mr Melham said.

    “The CCF looks forward to working with the Government and the cross bench to ensure the avoidance of any unintended consequences that may cripple Australia’s infrastructure sector and jeopardise the livelihoods of thousands of civil construction companies and their workers."


    For further information: Duncan Sheppard, CCF Senior Policy and Communications Advisor, 0438 330 039

    1Australian Building and Construction Commission Security of Payment 3-year Activity Report, between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2022.

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