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Newcastle City Council and NSW Gov still in debate as five companies bid to manage Newcastle light rail project

News, Projects

The NSW Government’s latest project to revitalise Newcastle is one step closer to commencing. Five companies have been invited to tender for the main construction contract on the new light rail project.

7 steps to maintain your skid steer

Equipment

Skid steers are small and versatile yet highly productive pieces of equipment. In order to extend the life of the machinery, a significant amount of effort from the owners or operators should be given to the maintenance and proper care of a skid steer.  

EOI's sought to deliver Melbourne’s multi-billion dollar Metro Tunnel

News, Projects

The Victorian Government has called for expressions of interest to deliver works for Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel, pledging to fund and deliver the multi-billion dollar project with or without assistance from the Federal Government.

$620-mil Darlington Upgrade Project to create more jobs in South Australia

News, Projects

Major construction works on the $620 million Darlington Upgrade Project started on 26th April and hundreds of South Australians are set to gain work from this. This project is part of Adelaide’s North-South Corridor upgrade and is set to deliver improvements on nearly 3.3 kilometres on the existing Main South Road. For this project, the Australian Government contributed $496 million and $124 million from the State Government.

5 inescapable "truths" changing the way your construction company operates

Insider

As the construction industry evolves, five unavoidable trends have taken hold and will factor into your business operations and outlook for the foreseeable future. 

8 upcoming opportunities under the $8.5b Bruce Highway Upgrade Programme

Projects

More than ten years of construction, 16 projects already completed or in progress, and $8.5 billion in federal and state funding for material and works - the Bruce Highway upgrade programme is a massive project. It requires a workforce of thousands and hundreds of companies to build all the different projects. In a release titled "Coalition delivering on plan to 'Fix the Bruce Highway", Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has identified the next eight projects the Coalition Government is working to deliver. 

Work on newly approved WestConnex New M5 Motorway could begin within weeks

Projects

Planning Minister Rob Stokes has announced the approval of the WestConnex New M5 project, which will relieve congestion and improve travel times for motorists.

Contract awarded for the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project

News, Projects

The contract for the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project has been formally awarded to an alliance including LendLease, CPB Contractors, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon and Metro Trains Melbourne. Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, joined Treasurer Tim Pallas to announce the news today with construction to being within a few weeks.

University of Canberra signs $1.7b residential development agreement with Peet

Projects

The University of Canberra (UC) has unveiled plans to sign a development deal worth an estimated value of $1.7 billion to build up to 3,300 new residences in Belconnen land owned by the university. The agreement with national developer Peet Limited, which has a Canberra based wholly owned subsidiary CIC Australia, will see a maximum of 200 dwellings released every year over the next two decades starting in 2017. 

Tenders open for Sydney Metro: Tunnel & Station Excavation Works

Projects

The Australian Government is calling for tenders for the second stage of the Sydney Metro Project, which involves building the twin metro railway tunnels under Sydney Harbour and through the CBD.

What's the right loader for the job?

Equipment

Loaders work in load and carry operations, civil & building construction, earth moving, waste handling, recycling, landscaping, quarrying, aggregates, block handling, timber yards, agriculture and more. Increase your profits and save time by choosing the right machine for the task at hand.  

Where are Melbourne's strategic growth centres?

Insider

Melbourne's crane index is a great indicator of the growth of the construction industry, and which areas we can expect to see ongoing building work. Melbourne's key crane hotspots are the CBD, Carlton, Caulfield, Chadstone, Docklands, Toorak and Southbank. These areas will increase the number of projects to tender on and increase Melbourne's plant hire numbers. 

$200m Wesley Church redevelopment approved in Victoria

Projects

Minister of Planning, Richard Whynne announced the approval of the $200 million redevelopment of Melbourne's Wesley Church site. Despite the entire site listing on the Victorian Heritage Register, the Heritage Council has already granted the necessary demolition permit for some of the buildings on site, including the Princess Mary Club which will be recognised with a plaque.

What you'll need for a thorough plant inspection

Insider

For plant hire and equipment hire companies, getting your machinery inspected is a must. But not all machine inspections are alike. A thorough and professional inspection can potentially save you from making a disastrous mistake and ensure your machines are in great working condition to arrive on site. 

Govt invests $107.5m in roadworks funding to fix black spots in QLD, NSW and WA

News, Projects

The Australian Government has announced 376 priority road locations in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia to receive $107.5 million in Black Spot funding

License requirements for operating plant and equipment

Equipment

When hiring equipment, suppliers will be required to present any applicable licenses and certifications. It's the responsibility of the supplier to be trained and licensed to operate the selected equipment. Often people are unsure as to what licenses and training needs to be completed in order to avoid liability. Here's a list of a few common construction works and their requirements.

Melbourne's second river crossing gets $1.46-bil funding

News, Projects

The Andrews Labor Government’s 2016/17 Victorian Budget is providing the full $1.46 billion funding for a second river crossing as part of the Western Distributor Project. The second river crossing will cut the travel time from Melbourne to Geelong by 20 minutes.

What to look for in a crane hire supplier

Equipment

Cranes are one of the most utilised peices of equipment in the construction industry, and there are a lot of crane hire companies to choose from. From building a small structure to constructing a skyscraper, cranes are used to lift up heavy loads at different altitudes.

Western Australia infrastructure given extra $490m spend by Federal Government

News

The Federal Government has announced an additional investment of $490 million into Western Australian infrastructure in 2016-17 as part of the state's share of the goods and services tax (GST). 

EOIs open for Western Highway upgrade: Buangor to Ararat

Projects

Expressions of Interest have been called by the Victorian Government to duplicate the Western Highway from Buangor to Ararat, as work continues on the $662.3 million upgrade between Ballarat and Stawell.

Crane Index forecast: The 7 Australian cities set for growth

News

The latest RLB Crane Index reports signs of strength in the Australian construction industry, with all major cities having recorded increased or neutral crane activity since last quarter. In an economy continuing to transition from the construction phase of mining to the production phase, 647 cranes working on construction sites around the country is a promising sign of activity. 

Bipartisan support for Queensland's Cross River Rail project

Projects

The Queensland Government has welcomed the bipartisan support from the Federal Government and Opposition in order to deliver Queensland's Cross River Rail project. Acting Premier, Jackie Trad said, "We want every level of government to have a seat at the table to support the delievery of this vital transport infrastructure and ensure the Cross River project is no longer hostage to political point scoring". With a goal of starting work as soon as possible, Building Queensland should finalise the business case by mid-year, and a finalised funding decision made thereafter. 

Where are Sydney's strategic growth centres?

Insider, Projects

With the population in Sydney steadily growing, opportunities for businesses and employment are yours for the taking. If you're looking for long-term capital growth for your own equipment hire or plant hire business in Sydney, you have to find the developing areas most likely to have opportunities beyond 2020.

Goulburn Valley Highway gets $18.5m road safety upgrade between Molesworth to Yea

Projects

The Victorian Government has invested $18.5 million to upgrade the Goulburn Valley Highway between Molesworth and Yea in north-east Victoria to help save regional motorists lives on one of Victoria’s most notorious sections of road.

4 tips to prepare your fleet for hire

Insider

Equipment hire and plant hire are important processes in any construction project, whether people are hiring a crane, bobcat, scissor lift, even a portable toilet, they must be aware of the health and safety requirements, method of operation and what gear to use when. Four steps can help you get your gear ready for hire and make your equipment hire business attractive to those looking for your services. 

Brookfield Multiplex announced as preferred bidder for WA's new museum

News, Projects

An important milestone has been reached for the contract to design and build Western Australia’s new museum in Perth. The State Government entered into exclusive negotiations with Brookfield Multiplex who will be working with international architects, OMA and Hassell. The State Government has committed $428 million in capital funds for this redevelopment project.

4 attachments that increase mini excavator versatility

Insider

Mini excavators are often favoured by job sites with tight quarters, able to go where larger machines can't. Mini excavators are ideal for work in backyards, inside buildings and around fences for digging, lifting and clean-up. Combining powerful performance with easy maneuverability, their hydraulic systems allow them to move large amounts of material quickly, and attachments make mini excavators a go-to in many industries in like landscaping, construction and agriculture. 

Construction starts on $1b Jewel development on the Gold Coast

Projects

Construction has now started on a $1 billion hotel development on the Gold Coast, which will provide a significant boost to the city’s high-end tourism market and support more than 2,700 jobs during construction.

The 10 Cs: Finding a great plant and equipment supplier

Insider

Have you found a great plant hire supplier to support your project? Here are some telltale signs. 

Newcastle's $510m light rail project taking shape

Projects

NSW Transport has released new details about the much-anticipated $510m Newcastle Light Rail project, recently described as the "anchor for new development in Newcastle's CBD" by tender bidders. Find out how your plant hire company can capitalise on the opportunity. 

Top 16 plant and equipment Instagram posts of 2016 so far...

Equipment

In the last two months, we've published over 40 posts on PlantMiner's Instagram about plant and equipment on job sites across Australia, and had thousands of views. Here are the posts voted most popular by the plant hire and greater construction community! Some are staff favourites and others have been sent in by our suppliers! 

WBHO Mcllwain JV wins $103.8m Tourle St and Cormorant Rd duplication in Newcastle

Projects

WBHO Mcllwain, a joint venture of WBHO Infrastructure and Mcllwain Civil Engineering, have been awarded the $103.8 million duplication of Tourle Street and Cormorant Road at Kooragang Island. The project is set to improve traffic flow and cater for the future increases in traffic.   

Construction on $1.6b Toowoomba Second Range Crossing to start in April

Projects

It's a very exciting time to be involved in the Darling Down's construction industry with the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project (TSCR) commencing construction in late April 2016. In fact, the project itself is generating so much interest that visitor centres and information booths are being set up around the region. Learn more about the Nexus's April TSRC update below.  

Qld Government grants mining leases for Adani's $21.7b Carmichael coal mine

Projects

Thousands of new jobs in regional Queensland have come a major step closer with Queensland Government approval of the mining leases for the $21.7 billion Carmichael coal mine and rail project in the State’s Galilee Basin.

CPB Contractors win $86m Ravenswood Interchange project in Victoria

Projects

Work on the $86 million Ravenswood Interchange is set to start in May, with CPB Contractors announced by the Australian and Victorian Government to build the project. The Ravenswood Interchange contract was awarded by VIC Roads late last week for a contract sum of $47m, and should see CPB construct the grade separated intersection for Calder Highway and Calder Highway Alternative Highway, Ravenswood and associated works.

$416 million Murray Basin Rail Project Ramps Up

News, Projects

Things aren't looking very sleepy at all for the Andrews Labor Government's $416 million Murray Basin Rail Project (MBRP), with the laying of 100,000 new sleepers underway between Maryborough and Mildura. The project, which has received more than half it's funding from the Labor Government ($220 million), will upgrade and standardise the entire Murray Basin freight network, and better connect primary producers to the State’s major ports in Portland, Geelong and Melbourne.

Maintaining and increasing the quality, performance and lifespan of your fleet

Insider

Construction is dirty and hard on your equipment. Understandably, the cleaning and maintenance of your gear is important if you wish to increase the lifetime of your fleet. Plant and equipment can often leave you out of pocket when purchasing due to the high prices, taking good care of your gear will help lesson your chances of buying replacements and adding unnecessary financial output.