Keeping Success in local hands

(left to right): Territoria Civil’s experienced Barneson Boulevard project management team Alyssa Winkler, Bid Manager; David Crisp, Supervisor; Daniel Abbott-Wightman, Construction Manager; Mick Waters, Project Manager; Robert Wilson, General Manager; Stephen Eades, Supervisor; Nikita Kruger, HSE Advisor; and Tony Kruger, Superintendent.

Leading civil infrastructure company Territoria Civil is gearing up to deliver another landmark project to boost the economic wellbeing of the Northern Territory and improve traffic flow for locals.

Last month, the iconic local business was awarded the $45 million Barneson Boulevard development, after delivering a compelling bid focusing on local content and value for money.

Territoria Civil won the contract to build the new city thoroughfare that will link with the final stage of duplication of Tiger Brennan Drive and provide much-needed improvements to traffic flows in Darwin’s CBD.

The new road will connect Tiger Brennan Drive directly with Cavenagh Street to better distribute traffic throughout the CBD streets. The landscaped Boulevard will have a tropical, urban feel and support economic development in Darwin city.
The latest major project announcement adds to Territoria Civil’s impressive history of achievements for the local community, which all began under the banner of pioneering contractor, Henry and Walker, several decades ago.

From humble beginnings, the homegrown business is now the local arm of national infrastructure and property company, John Holland.

National backing has allowed the group to continue doing what it has always done best – recruit and retain local people, and support Darwin businesses.

General Manager, Robert Wilson, who considers his long-serving team as family, says “employing locals has always been our lifeblood and we will continue to put people first. It makes sense from a business and community perspective.”
“We’ve worked hard to become an employer of choice and we work even harder to maintain the loyalty of our people through the ups and downs of the construction industry,” Robert said. 

“Our greatest asset has always been our team and that’s why we have achieved so much for the Territory over the years and weathered a number of transformations.”

“Barneson Boulevard will be another major milestone, both for us as a Territory company employing local people, and for the wider Darwin community.”

 Territoria Civil is currently engaged in four major projects across the Territory, including the INPEX gas plant, managing the Shoal Bay landfill site, installing a new sewer pipeline across Palmerston, and installing solar power systems in 15 remote Aboriginal communities as part of Power and Water Corporation’s SETup program.

After winning successive packages of work with JKC Australia since 2012, Ichthys has been Territoria Civil’s mainstay for several years, allowing the group to employ thousands of Darwin-based staff and subcontractors and continue giving back to the community.

The team is currently winding up a substantial finishing works contract for INPEX which will finalise the company’s solid contribution to the project since graders pushed the first dirt at Bladin Point in 2012.

Robert said the company’s focus on encouraging women into the construction industry was demonstrated throughout their INPEX journey.

“We’re proud to say that women played a significant role in all our INPEX contracts. On the current CVL9 package, nearly half of our team are women and we also had Lisa Boal as Project Manager,” Robert said.

He said the business had always prioritised creating a social and economic legacy, supporting schools, charities and sporting groups as often as possible.

“After all these years in the civil industry what continues to motivate me is what has always motivated me,” Robert said. “And that’s the many benefits of major projects being won and kept in local hands.”

“Major projects also give us the opportunity to develop the knowledge and experience of local people, effectively upskilling the Territory’s workforce.”

Robert said this development pathway was demonstrated in the promotion of Marco Gerbino from Graduate Engineer to Project Manager of the Palmerston Sewer project, allowing Mick Waters to lead the Barneson Boulevard contract. Joining Mick on the project are key talents Tony Kruger, Dave Crisp, Steve Eades and Daniel Abbott-Wightman.

“Mick is one of our great success stories, having cut his teeth as a young engineer on the early stages on INPEX, he has continued to grow and excel at whatever challenge we sent his way,” Robert said.

Territoria Civil welcome the return of Peter Eastick, who was instrumental in the early days of the CVL2 INPEX project. Peter will take up the role of construction manager assisting Jon Stringer on the remote solar installation project.

Keeping Success in local hands
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