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CMC opens up opportunities for young FNQ workers

At 19 years of age, Tristen Bowie from Weipa is currently completing her Certificate III in Civil Construction on CMC’s Mein Deviation on the Peninsula Development Road (PDR) as part of Transport and Main Roads’ Cape York Region Package.

Miss Bowie recently featured in the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ December 2015 Cape York Region Package newsletter.  She provided a local perspective on the project and how it was making a difference in her life.

Miss Bowie has been engaged on the project since it started in August 2015. She has successfully completed the theory components of her certificate and is on track to complete the practical work early this year.

Once completed, Miss Bowie is optimistic about her experience and skills learned, and hopes to continue her role in the industry on other similar projects.

With an ongoing commitment to support the communities in which we work, CMC’s focus is always to provide as many opportunities for local workers, such as Tristen, where possible.

CMC supports a number of trainees across it projects, with 12 trainees completing similar certificates over the past year.

The Mein Deviation project on the Cape York Peninsula, involves construction of a 29 kilometre sealed road. Prior to the 2015-2016 wet season commencing, CMC had successfully sealed approximately 19 kilometres, with works currently on track to successfully achieve practical completion as scheduled.

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CMC awarded the Wyong Road Intersection Upgrades at Tumbi Road and Mingara Drive

In December 2015 CMC were awarded the Wyong Road Intersection Upgrades at Tumbi Road and Mingara Drive.

Wyong Road is the major road linking the M1 Pacific Motorway with Wyong, Tuggerah, The Entrance and the surrounding coastal suburbs. The roundabouts at Mingara Drive and Tumbi Road are heavily congested during peak hours.

The upgrade will replace the existing roundabouts with traffic lights to improve traffic flow and safety for the 48,000 vehicles using this section of Wyong Road each day.

The key benefits of this upgrade include:

  • Improved traffic flow on Wyong Road
  • Improved safety for all road users
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle network.

Works will commence February 2015 and the CMC team looks forward to delivering this project with excellence.

CSQ Awards - November 13, 2015: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Credit: Pat Brunet / Event Photos Australia

Congratulations to our CSQ Excellence Awards finalists

On Friday 13 November 2015, staff from CMC attended the annual CSQ Excellence Awards at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank.

The awards celebrate and acknowledge the industry’s apprentices, trainees, schools, trainers, professionals, training organisations and employers who are committed to training and skills development.

CMC had been recognised as a finalist in three of the categories.

  • Orbus3 Award for Employer Commitment to Training – Civil Construction
  • Civil Contractors Federation Award for Construction Professional of the Year – Greg Hopkins
  • Construction Trainee of the Year – Harvey Neville

CMC’s managing director, Peter Kendall said that while our finalists didn’t win on the night, it was a great achievement to have been represented so strongly across three of the categories.

“CMC has a long tradition of training and upskilling our staff, and I congratulate Greg Hopkins and Harvey Neville for their achievement as finalists within their categories,” Mr Kendall said.

“I also would like to thank the people within our business who manage the training program to ensure that we continue to sustain our commitment to training and building a team of industry-best professionals.”

A little about our finalists.

Greg Hopkins has worked with CMC since 2012 and is currently engaged on our Mein Deviation project in Far North Queensland. He brings almost 30 years’ experience to his role as superintendent and is passionate about training and mentoring young trainees and apprentices. Greg is currently undertaking additional units within his Diploma of Project Management to become a member of Project Managers Australia.

Harvey Neville joined CMC in Year 11 when he commenced a school based apprenticeship with the business. He has since completed his apprenticeship, and is currently enrolled to complete a Cert III Civil Construction Road Construction and Maintenance course. Harvey has worked on several of our projects in Central Queensland.

We look forward to 2016 when we will be able to recognise the achievements and commitment of our staff at the CSQ Excellence Awards.

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Director-General visits Mein Deviation team

On 2 November 2015, Neil Scales, Director-General of Transport and Main Roads visited the Cape York Region to see first-hand how works were progressing in the far north.

One of the projects visited was CMC’s Mein Deviation where CMC has been working since mid-August.

Mr Scales noted in a statement “how pleased he was with the reasonable and solution-focussed attitudes of the people that he met with.”

He also stated that this package of work on the PDR [Peninsula Developmental Road] will drive economic development on the Cape.

Project manager Mr John Deste said that the visit by Mr Scales recognised the political sensitivities of the project and the efforts that CMC have made in achieving the Key Result Areas of:

  • Indigenous and non-indigenous training and up-skilling
  • Implementation of the indigenous economic opportunities
  • Local Industry Participation

The Mein Deviation involves construction of a 29 kilometre sealed road. Works largely involve earthworks, pavement works, drainage, and bitumen sealing works with major quantities including 164,538 cubic metres of fill material, 72,256 cubic metres of gravel, and 113 metres of culverts.

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CMC wins three of the nation’s top civil engineering awards

On Friday 16 October 2015, CMC won three national awards at this year’s prestigious CCF National Earth Awards and National Civil Train Awards held in Melbourne.

CMC’s managing director, Peter Kendall attended the evening and was overjoyed to receive the awards on behalf of CMC, with the company recognised at the highest level for outstanding performance.

“The CCF National Earth Awards are one of the nation’s highest and most sought after industry awards,” said Mr Kendall.

“For CMC to walk away with two project awards, plus a national training award was a fantastic result and proud moment for CMC and the people that work hard on site, delivering our client’s projects every day.”

Congratulations to the project teams who worked on the following winning projects:

  • Category 2 – $2 million to $10 million: West Creek and Goggs Street, Toowoomba, Package 41.
  • Category 5 – $75 million to $150 million: Pacific Motorway Upgrade (Worongary to Mudgeeraba).

Both outstanding project, the West Creek and Goggs Street, Toowoomba project was recognised for its commitment to the community and the environment during the works program; whilst the Pacific Motorway Upgrade was recognised for the team’s execution of the works under high traffic volumes and within a tiny construction envelope, particular for the bridgeworks.

Congratulations also to Harvey Neville for his steadfast commitment and achievement of the following award.

  • Civil Train National Trainee of the Year Cert III Award: Harvey Neville, CMC.
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Benaraby breaks through

Construction of the Bruce Highway Upgrade, Benaraby Overtaking Lanes has seen some action both over and under the Bruce Highway in recent days.

Nicole Batchler, CMC’s Project Manager for the project, said that the team had achieved a huge milestone for the project, breaking through the 2700 tunnel bore under the Bruce Highway.

“After two months of boring work under the Bruce Highway we broke through at the western end to complete this critical piece of work,” she said.

The team has also successfully managed a number of wide loads travelling through the site in recent days including a 7 metre wide load, two 8.5 metre wide loads and a 9 metre wide load. Nicole explained that with some good preparatory work, coordination and communication between our team and the approaching escorts, CMC successfully managed a safe passage for these wide loads.

CMC has been delivering the Bruce Highway Upgrade, Benaraby Overtaking Lanes since April 2015. The project is approaching final completion and has involved excavation works, drainage works, major cuttings, stabilisation works using soil nails and shotcrete, boring, landscaping, and bitumen sealing.

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Monto-Mount Perry Road reopens early

CMC completed works seven weeks early on the Monto-Mount Perry Road Upgrade, with the road reopened to traffic on 21 October 2015.

The upgrade now provides a safer and much improved road, along what was previously known as a crash-prone and dangerous stretch.

CMC’s project manager, Kevin Coyle, acknowledged the performance of the team to deliver the works early despite the project’s challenges including significant wet weather and Cyclone Marcia in February 2015.

“Achieving an early completion even with the wet weather impacts we experienced was an exceptional achievement by all involved,” he said.

“Cyclone Marcia had an enormous impact on the project, taking out a bridge that provided access to the site, and essentially cutting off our team from the works.”

CMC quickly re-assessed its works methodology, program and other options to identify an alternate access to the site.

The project comprised two five kilometre sections. Works were constructed under full road closures with a detour in place for through traffic.

The opening of the upgraded road was welcomed by the Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety, Mark Bailey, and North Burnett Regional Council Mayor, Don Waugh.

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Kingsthorpe Haden Road Bridge reaches practical completion

CMC successfully delivered the Kingsthorpe Haden Road Bridge on 16 June 2015, with local commuters now enjoying full use of this new and improved piece of infrastructure.

Located approximately 1.6 kilometres from the Warrego Highway, CMC was appointed by Toowoomba Regional Council to deliver the Kingsthorpe Haden Road Bridge over Gowrie Creek.

CMC proposed an alternative primer seal design that, once in place, enabled construction to continue across the tie-in areas and through the bulk of the site. The initiative eliminated the need to construct a side track for public traffic and also the requirement to execute complex traffic staging.

Works included construction of the new bridge structure, remediation of the creek banks, removal of the existing road embankment and stabilisation of all exposed earth prior to demobilisation.

Led by project manager, Mr John Deste, the team successfully overcame a number of challenges relating to services relocations, driven piles, and wet weather to deliver the works.

All works were completed with zero LTIs.

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CMC’s smart programming completes North Bundaberg project on time

Friday 12 June 2015, saw the completion of CMC’s Bundaberg – Gin Gin Road Evacuation Route Upgrade (Mount Perry Road).

CMC successfully reached practical completion one day early, with a smart approach to programming allowing stage two works to be commenced concurrently with stage one.

Construction Manager, Glen Mosch said that one of the early challenges faced by the team surrounded construction staging of the side track, with three stages programmed to run consecutively.

“We identified that stage two works were not only labour intensive, but could be started immediately without having a design in place for the side track,” Mr Mosch said.

“Doing this won us significant time on the program which later reduced the impact to program caused by severe wet weather,” he said.

CMC’s scope of work largely involved upgrading an existing road to a level 300mm above the 2013 flood level, providing an evacuation route for the people of North Bundaberg during flooding. Works consisted of road widening, embankment construction, stormwater drainage, pavement works, and the construction of open drains.

Flood mitigation features also included the construction of a ten cell culvert spanning 40 metres to allow flood waters to travel under the main alignment. Two levee banks lined with an Elcoseal liner were also constructed to channel flood waters away from adjoining residential properties.

Mr Mosch also said that traffic, pedestrian and stakeholder management were high priorities for CMC with the project located on one of Bundaberg’s busiest roads (15,000 vpd), and within walking distance of three local schools.

“Traffic and pedestrian management plans were supported by ongoing communication, particularly with each of the three School Principals,” he said.

CMC’s commitment and strong previous relationships within the community were also evident, with excess excavated material donated and delivered as fill for the new hockey pitch and netball courts.

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CMC Awarded Kingsthorpe Haden Road – Gowrie Creek Bridge

CMC have been engaged by Toowoomba Regional Council to complete the Kingsthorpe Haden Road – Gowrie Creek Bridge.

The project is located at Kingsthorpe Haden Road, Toowoomba and is approximately 1.6 kilometres from the Warrego Highway.

The works includes the construction of the new bridge structure, remediation of the creek banks, removal of the existing road embankment and stabilisation of all exposed earth prior to demobilisation