$6 million boost to Kurnell business from WestConnex

27 Jun 2018

A Kurnell-based family business, which supplies variable message signals and permanent tunnel signs for WestConnex, is benefitting from a massive boost after a devastating tornado.

Aldridge Electrical was ripped apart by a freak weather event that tore through the southern Sydney suburb of Kurnell in December 2015, putting the business out of action for ten weeks and incurring $2 million in damages.

“It was devastating…a really testing time but we knew we had to get back into business quickly,” said owner Jason Aldridge.

The signing of a WestConnex contract one week after the tornado hit meant Aldridge Electrical was able to get back on its feet without waiting for the insurance process and keep the jobs of all 15 employees secure.

“Signing that contract was a huge help,” Mr Aldridge said.

“We didn’t have a chance to consider the alternative so it was an awesome thing that we got it.”

Aldridge Electrical will supply variable message signals across both the New M5 and New M4 projects while they are under construction, the first time the company has been able to complete a job of this type in its home city since the Cross City Tunnel.

The father/son owned business will also supply permanent tunnel message signs for the completed motorways.

“We didn’t get any special treatment and were awarded those contracts over foreign conglomerates because we were price-competitive and they knew we could get the job done,” Mr Aldridge said.

Aldridge Electrical now employs 20 people, with the business recently securing another contract to produce signage for the New M5.

Minister for WestConnex Stuart Ayres said around $2 billion in contracts had been awarded to businesses and suppliers for the WestConnex project.

“The WestConnex story is not just about getting Sydney commuters moving again, it’s about investing in the jobs and infrastructure this city needs most,” Minister Ayres said.

Member for Cronulla Mark Speakman said the contract meant a further $6 million would flow into the local economy.

“Aldridge Electrical favours local suppliers; electronics assembly is completed by On Track Technologies in Mascot and Alumac of Taren Point is the sheet metal provider, meaning this project is having massive run-on benefits across our community,” Mr Speakman said.
“WestConnex is vital to Stage 1 of the F6 extension which will take more than 10,000 vehicles a day off General Holmes Drive and 2000 trucks off local streets.”

WestConnex is a motorway project of more than 30 kilometres, which is two-thirds underground. It will widen and extend the M4, duplicate the M5 East and join them together to form a continuous, free-flowing western bypass of Sydney’s central business district.