News bulletin 13 ->
News bulletin 13 -> 6 Apr 2021

Fitzgerald Constructions, contractor for the 320 metre Neville Bonner Bridge being built in Brisbane at Queen's Wharf, has placed a pile cap mid-river weighing 120 tonnes that was transported to the site in two halves on a large barge. The pile cap is now ready to be sealed, dewatered, filled with steel reinforcement and finished with 250 mᶟ of concrete to lock it into place and will act as the central river support structure for the future pedestrian bridge.

A new rail loading facility near Geelong Port is expected to bolster service to Boral's new $130 million clinker grinding and cement facility that is expected to be operational later this year. The facility will process 1.3 million tonnes of cementitious products annually and be connected by a conveyor system to Lascelles Wharf. Qube will transport Boral cement 100 km from the Dynon rail freight terminal in West Melbourne to Dandenong South, eliminating 40 standard semi-trailer loads a day from the road.

New Zealand/Australia contractor Fletcher Building is about to commence diverting three million used tyres annually from landfill to cement manufacture at its Golden Bay factory in NZ. This will reduce carbon emissions by about 13,000 tonnes a year and cut the use of iron sand by 5000 tonnes, according to the company.

Bronwyn Weir, co-author of the Building Confidence Report, discusses the impact of novation, responsibilities and liabilities for architects in light of Victoria's Civil and Administrative Tribunal's (VCAT) ruling on Melbourne's Lacrosse Tower.

Swinburne University trades teacher, Jane Clancy, who has worked in construction her entire career has advice to offer young women who want to 'get ahead in the industry'.

A joint venture between John Holland and McDonnell Dowell will be the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Kidston Stage 2 Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES) project in North Queensland. Construction is expected to be completed by 2024 and to generate 500 construction jobs and a further 20 ongoing operational roles.