How to get a Job at the WestConnex Project – Sydney NSW

How to get a Job at the WestConnex Project – Sydney NSW

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.


About the WestConnex Project

From the WestConnex website

As Australia’s global city, Sydney is facing some key challenges which need to be addressed to ensure the city’s economic prosperity is supported.

Forecast growth in heavy vehicle movements across Sydney, doubling of passenger and freight movement at Sydney Airport, increased goods passing through Port Botany and population and employment growth along the M5 and M4 corridors are just some of the reasons why Sydney needs WestConnex.

Delivering WestConnex will not only help address this growth, it will deliver more than $20 billion in economic benefits to NSW.

WestConnex Stage 1 : M4 Widening (Parramatta to Haberfield)

WestConnex will provide a widened M4, from Church Street, Parramatta to near Concord Road and an extension of the M4 via a tunnel under the Parramatta Road corridor to Parramatta Road and City West Link, Haberfield.

Leighton Contractors – Rizzani de Eccher Australia JV has been selected by the WestConnex Delivery Authority (WDA) to design and construct the M4 Widening, contract value is approximately $150 million.  Major work is scheduled to start in early 2015 and the M4 Widening is due to open to traffic in 2017.

Leighton Contractors, John Holland and Samsung C&T JV to deliver the M4 East Motorway as part of the first stage of WestConnex.  Seven kilometres in total length, the M4 East will join the M4 Widening at Homebush Bay Drive and provide a 5.5 kilometre tunnel with three lanes in each direction from the M4 at North Strathfield to Parramatta Road and the City West Link, Haberfield.  Major work is scheduled to start in 2016 and the M4 East is due to open to traffic in 2019.  Approximately a $2.7 billion contract.

WestConnex Stage 2 : The New M5

Will run from the existing M5 East corridor at Beverly Hills via tunnel to St Peters, providing improved access to the airport, south Sydney and Port Botany precincts.

Key features of the New M5 include:

  • New twin tunnels which are higher, wider and flatter, which will more than double capacity along the M5 East corridor and provide motorway access to north of Sydney Airport.
  • A new interchange at an industrial site at St Peters, which reduces the impact on nearby residential areas.
  • Connections from the interchange to key roads in the area, including Campbell Road/Street, Euston Road and across the canal to Bourke Road.
  • Widening of Campbell Road/Street and Euston Road through existing road widening reservations.

Work to get under way from 2015, starting with the upgrading of the M5 – King Georges Road interchange

WestConnex Stage 3 – M4 South (Haberfield to St Peters)

Will deliver a motorway tunnel with three lanes in each direction between the first two stages, linking the M4 and M5 corridors together. Initial investigations by WestConnex Delivery Authority into a possible northern extension of WestConnex towards ANZAC Bridge have led to the realignment of the Stage 3 indicative route. This new alignment will continue to support the reduction of traffic on Parramatta Road enabling urban renewal, and in addition will support the NSW Government’s proposed future Western Harbour Tunnel and will help provide a much needed western bypass of the CBD. It will generally travel north of Parramatta Road corridor from Haberfield with connections at Rozelle before heading south near Camperdown and connect to St Peters Interchange. Further work is being carried out to develop the route and delivery strategy.

Location Profile – Sydney

The Harbour City, Bondi Beach, Opera House, Kings Cross, Harbour Bridge, Blue Mountains, Finance, Business, Tourism, Retail, Manufacturing, NRL, AFL, Cricket, Surf, Boating, Fishing, Cycling, Parks, Museums, Arts & Culture, Shopping, Beaches, National Parks, Live Music

Population: 4.391, 674 (Greater Sydney ABS 2011)

City of Sydney Council

Sydney – Rents as at Jul 2012

2 bed 1 bath – $260 – $900

3 bed 1 bath – $280 – $1200

4 bed 2 bath – $310 – $1750

Sydney  – House Prices at at Jul 2012

2 bed 1 bath – $190,000 – $1.300,000

3 bed 1 bath – $ 230,000– $2.200,000

4 bed 2 bath – $285,000 – $4.225,000

Climate data for Sydney
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 45.3 42.1 39.8 33.9 30.0 26.9 25.9 31.3 34.6 38.2 41.8 42.2 45.3
Average high °C 25.9 25.8 24.7 22.4 19.4 16.9 16.3 17.8 20.0 22.1 23.6 25.2 21.7
Average low °C 18.7 18.8 17.5 14.7 11.5 9.3 8.0 8.9 11.1 13.5 15.6 17.5 13.8
Record low °C 10.6 9.6 9.3 7.0 4.4 2.1 2.2 2.7 4.9 5.7 7.7 9.1 2.1
Avg. Rainfall mm 101.5 118.1 129.3 126.3 121.2 130.5 98.6 80.6 68.9 77.4 83.8 77.9 1213.2
Avg. rainy days 12.2 12.4 13.5 12.8 13.2 12.5 11.2 10.4 10.6 11.7 11.7 11.5 143.7

Companies Involved with the WestConnex Project

WestConnex Stage 1 : M4 Widening (Parramatta to Haberfield)

JV between Leighton , John Holland & Samsung C&T – Leighton Contractors has been selected by WestConnex Delivery Authority (WDA) to design and construct Sydney’s M4 East Motorway, in a joint venture with John Holland and Samsung C&T.

Leighton, Dragados & Samsung C&T – Leighton Contractors has signed a contract with Roads and Maritime Services for the design and construct element of Sydney’s $4.3 billion New Westconnex M5 Motorway in a joint venture with Dragados and Samsung C&T.

Lendlease Samsung Bouygues JV – The NSW Government has selected to the Lendlease, Samsung and Bouygues JV to deliver the mainline tunnels of the WestConnex M4-M5 Link (Stage 3) project. The M4-M5 Link mainline design and construct contract includes delivery of twin tunnels which will link the New M4 at Haberfield with the New M5 at St Peters, allowing the full benefits of a continuous and integrated WestConnex motorway to be realised.

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Occupations Required at the WestConnex Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver / Tunnel Borer
  • Cleaning Staff
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Metal Trades
  • Health & Safety

Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the WestConnex Project

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

WestConnex Project Union 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.

At this stage of the project no EBA’s can be found.  As this project moves forward the appropraite EBA’s will be uploaded into this article.

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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