New M4 tunnel team donates $20,000

5 Sep 2017

A 180-strong WestConnex New M4 tunnel team based at Haberfield has shared its good fortune with the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, donating a $20,000 prize won as part of a supplier competition.

The team is responsible for tunnel excavation from the Northcote Street construction site and currently has more than 100 pieces of machinery working underground, including nine roadheaders, to have the New M4 tunnels open in early 2019.

The decision to donate the $20,000 windfall to the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation was an obvious choice with a senior member of the Northcote team having a close family connection to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Nicola Stokes thanked the team when accepting the donation recently onsite at Haberfield.

“This kind and generous act will make such a positive difference to our young patients’ stay in our hospital,” she said.

New M4 Project Manager Steve Kotevich said that the opportunity to give back to those in need was just one of the many benefits of working on a major $3.8 billion project.

“The team was fortunate to win this wonderful prize from Synergy Construction & Industrial Supply Group and I’m sure the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation will put it to good use,” he said.

The Northcote team won the prize through Nepean Boltmaster, which is supplying a vast array of products for the WestConnex New M4 and is a foundation member of the Synergy Supply Group.

The donation will be used by Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation to fund ground-breaking research, music and play therapy and the training of specialist paediatricians.

The New M4 is first tunnel section of the $16.8 billion WestConnex project which will extend the newly widened M4 via twin tunnels from Homebush to Haberfield.