In the ‘How to get a job at …….’ series we are going to be running over Australian Mining and Construction projects all over the country. In each post we will include an Overview of the project, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, the Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that will help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements. This will help you to stay in the loop and know how to skill up where needed. The aim is to help you get yourself into the best position to land a start on the major sites and projects around Australia.
The Victorian Regional Rail Link Project Overview
From the Regional Rail Link Website
Regional Rail Link is a major new rail line running from West Werribee through Deer Park and suburbs including Sunshine and Footscray to Southern Cross Station.
It separates regional trains from metropolitan trains – for the first time giving Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat trains their own dedicated tracks through the metropolitan system from Sunshine to Southern Cross Station.
This will increase capacity and reliability for these services and means they will not get delayed by sharing tracks with metropolitan trains.
It will also free up critically needed space for additional suburban services on the Werribee, Sunbury and Craigieburn lines.
New tracks will be built from West Werribee Junction to Deer Park and from Sunshine to Southern Cross Station. The line will use existing tracks from Deer Park to Sunshine.
The project will include:
- Dedicated regional tracks – allowing regional services to run directly into Melbourne and not be caught up with the growing number of suburban services
- Two new stations at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit
- A rebuilt West Footscray railway station
- Upgrades to Sunshine and Footscray stations
- Improvements to the entrance and forecourt at Tottenham station
- Two new platforms at Southern Cross Station
- Construction of a new rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River
Map Credit: Regional Rail Link
Construction work is now underway on the 7.5 kilometre Footscray to Deer Park section of the new multi-billion dollar Regional Rail Link, Australia’s largest public transport infrastructure project in generations.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese today joined Victorian Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder in West Footscray to turn the first sod on this major package of works.
“This multi-billion dollar project is building Melbourne’s first new piece of passenger rail infrastructure since the Glen Waverley line was opened in 1930, more than 80 years ago,” Mr Albanese said.
“Since then the City’s population has more than quadrupled to over four million residents and unlike our predecessors we recognise that the task of putting in place the modern infrastructure necessary to support such growth is too big for any one level of government,” Mr Albanese said.
“The Australian Government committed $3.2 billion to the Regional Rail Link through the Nation Building Program, with the Victorian Coalition Government providing the balance of funding.”
“In partnership with the Victorian Coalition Government, we are determined to make Melbourne an even better place to live, work and raise a family with infrastructure that will stand the test of time.”
Mr Mulder said the Regional Rail Link would deliver tangible benefits to both metropolitan and regional line passengers through increased timetable services and reliability.
“It is a momentous occasion and it is significant that we are starting works at West Footscray, a suburb that is changing its industrial face with new residential developments,” Mr Mulder said.
“The modern transport hub, that will be the rebuilt West Footscray station under this section of the Regional Rail Link will be an important part of that change.
“An alliance of the Regional Rail Link Authority, Metro, V/Line, Thiess, Balfour Beatty, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Sinclair Knight Merz are working together to deliver this complex section of the project.
“Other sections will soon follow this lead, with work on laying 25 kilometres of track from Deer Park to West Werribee to commence later this year.
“It is such an important project, not just for regional and metropolitan passengers, but for Victoria’s productivity,” Mr Mulder said
Location Profile – Melbourne
Garden City, Port Phillip, Yarra River, St Kilda, Fitzroy, Federation Square, MCG, Docklands, Four Seasons In a Day, Tourism, Finance, Commerce, Manufacturing, AFL, Melbourne Cup, Cricket, Nightlife, Bars, Shopping, Art Galleries, Cafes, Laneways, Beaches, Swimming, Cycling, Live Music, Culture
Population 3.999,982 (2011 ABS)
Melbourne – Rents as at Jul 2012
2 Bed 1 Bath – $210 – $650
3 Bed 1 Bath – $200 – $720
4 Bed 2 Bath – $275 – $2100
Melbourne – House Prices as at Jul 2012
2 Bed 1 Bath – $185,000 – $770,000
3 Bed 1 Bath – $195,000– $1.750,000
4 Bed 2 Bath – $265,000 – $2.420,000
Companies Involved with the Victorian Regional Rail Link Project
||Rail operator (MTM)||Platforms 15 and 16 substantially complete.Activate (a joint venture between John Holland and Coleman Rail) awarded contract for main track and civil works.Melbourne Yard Interlocking contract awarded to Alstom.Track and signalling works underway.|
|City – Maribyrnong River||Alliance||Contract awarded to:
|Footscray – Deer Park||Alliance||Contract awarded to:
|Deer Park – West Werribee Junction||Design and Construct||Contract awarded to:
|West Werribee Junction||Design and Construct||Contract awarded to:
|Rail Systems||Alliance||Contract awarded to:
Occupations Required at the Victorian Regional Rail Link Project
- Electrical Trades
- Mechanical Trades
- Building Trades/Formworkers
- Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
- Crane Operators
- Labourer / Trades Assistant
- Metal Trades
Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Victorian Regional Rail Link Project
- Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or VIC Licences
- Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White Card)
- Australian Drivers Licences
- High Risk Work Licence for any required plant, eg. EWP’s, Forklifts, Mobile Crane, Loaders.
- Safely Working at Heights for EWP workers
- Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening
- Dogging/Rigging Tickets
- First Aid Certificate
Interstate Licence Recognition
A helpful tool to finding out whether your trade qualification needs mutual recognition when working interstate.
Check out the Cribhut Daily post – Thinking about Working Interstate – Licence Recognition
Victorian Regional Rail Link Project Enterprise Bargaining Agreements
An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) is a collective industrial agreement between either an employer and a trade union acting on behalf of employees or an employer and employees acting for themselves.
Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide. Like most things in life, there are no guarantees. Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.
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