WestConnex boosts jobs in Hunter region

15 Jun 2017

The site of the former Hunter Expressway precast yard will be brought back to life thanks to Sydney based motorway project WestConnex, with 50 new jobs to be created through the project. 

Minister for WestConnex Stuart Ayres joined Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald to tour the precast yard which will be back in operation thanks to WestConnex, to build 600 concrete pieces for eight bridge structures on the New M5 section.

“The economic boost WestConnex is providing stretches far beyond Sydney, with the St Peters Interchange section generating 50 jobs for the Hunter, a massive shot in the arm for this community,” Mr Ayres said.  

“WestConnex is not just about building vital infrastructure, it’s about supporting local industries and families that rely on a thriving economy.

“This site is creating jobs for locally based steel fixers, concreters, supervisors and office staff and it will also act as a training ground for workers where they will have the opportunity to develop further skills on precasting techniques.

“As we continue to build this vital infrastructure project, we’re proud to be supporting regional communities and creating a skills legacy for the State.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said in addition to the Hunter precast yard, the New M5 is also helping to support around 35 jobs on the mid north coast. 

“Around 1,000 pieces including the 65 tonne, 30 metre long bridge beams known as ‘Super Ts’ are being built in the Coffs Harbour precast yard for the St Peters Interchange and Kingsgrove sites,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Importantly, all materials used at both sites will be supplied locally, ensuring further flow-on benefits to support the local region.

“Utilising these precast yards is also a cost effective way to deliver the project, ensuring all stages from design to construction are completed in house,” Mr MacDonald said.  

Around three pieces varying from 40 tonnes to around 100 tonnes and up to 13 metres long are expected to be made each week at Buchanan with the site utlised until October 2018.

WestConnex will support 10,000 jobs during construction and inject more than $20 billion in benefits into the NSW economy.