In This Together: Ward Civil marks Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Australia’s 2020 theme “In This Together” resonates at this time when many families and co-workers have been separated by social distancing.

With our ‘In This Together’ posters displayed at every one of our project sites, Ward are proud to be participating in a number of events during this reconciliation week, with COO Brian Mahon set to speak at a yarning circle, hosted by Ventia. 

This year, the Ward team have been working hard at developing new and existing relationships with indigenous-owned subcontractors and suppliers.

We have also changed our reporting requirements for our existing cohort of subcontractors, to learn how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples contribute to the broader supply chain.

Ward is in the final stages of developing our very first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with formal sign-off expected within the next couple of months. We are very excited to commence our first RAP, which outlines the meaningful ways in which we can increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in our business.  

Ward is a community sponsor of the NRL Sydney Roosters. This means we are major sponsors of the Rooster’s NRLW team, and the Roosters Tarsha Gale Cup indigenous women’s under 18s team.

Thank you to the Ward team and our partners who have contributed to the formulation of our RAP and celebration of Reconciliation Week.

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Ward Dry Vac in action in Parramatta

Ward Utilities and their dry vac trucks have been active on our Great Western Highway project in Parramatta in recent weeks.

With no task too difficult, our experienced Operators can be seen here carefully excavating around existing utilities and potential heritage items in stiff clay material. By not using water, all material generated could be used for backfill saving significantly on material disposal and supply costs.

A sustainable approach to the management of this critical risk.

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Working in Construction

Ward has put together a 30-minute video on working in construction, to give high-school students learning from home an insight into the civil construction world.

The video features interviews with people from right across Ward, from CEO Julia Ward to undergraduate Nicole Sandow.

The video will be aired this week to high school students from over 500 schools in the public, catholic and independent systems.

We always jump at the opportunity to talk about civil construction, and we also love to showcase Ward’s diversity.

COVID-19 has shown us a new way of working, and our commitment to inspiring young minds to pursue a career in construction has not skipped a beat.

Pictured: Community and Stakeholder Manager Danielle Amos and Estimator Brianna Dorrough filming interviews for the video.

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Project Update

It is business as usual for the Ward team as we continue with our critical road network upgrade works with the aim of easing congestion in Parramatta CBD.

This photograph is of O’Connell Street in North Parramatta after a recent successful traffic switch.

Ward offers the full suite of services necessary to complete these complex network upgrade projects that are integral to easing Sydney’s congestion and improving journey outcomes. 

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COVID-19 Update

The COVID-19 pandemic has very quickly changed the way we interact with one another in our home and working lives.

At Ward we have adapted our business processes to help keep our people, our clients and our other stakeholders safe.

Additional controls implemented include;

  • The allocation of a COVID-19 Compliance Officer to each project to improve awareness and ensure the effectiveness of the controls.
  • A cloud based register of each worker’s Close Contacts recorded daily, that will allow us to respond effectively in the event of a positive strike.
  • Dedicated cleaners and additional hand wash facilities rolled out to each project site.
  • Daily tool-box meetings providing updates and reinforcing the message of social distancing, personal hygiene and isolation where necessary.
  • Provision of additional site sheds to enhance social distancing.
  • Staggered pre-starts and meal breaks.
  • Daily reviews of mitigation effectiveness with our dedicated Pandemic Management Team.

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Welcome to the team!

We welcome Michelle Tauroa, our new HSEQ Manager, to the Ward team.

Michelle has a strong record of working as a contractor’s HSEQ Manager with over 14 years infrastructure experience in the construction and transport space. 

A strong advocate of the introduction of new technology to improve safety outcomes, Michelle will be a valued addition to the team.

We are delighted to have Michelle on board!

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PLR Update

Ward Utilities was active last night on the Great Western Highway in Parramatta safely exposing and mapping existing underground services as part of the Easing Sydney Congestion Program.

GM Ross Traynor explained “We have implemented a stringent COVID-19 compliance regime that allows us to work safely as we support this essential infrastructure work. The remote operation functionality of our Dry-Vacs means they can be safely operated whilst maintaining the social distancing that is essential these days. The ability to excavate safely in the absence of water means there is no messy slurry, mist or liquid waste to account for. It provides a sustainable outcome as there is no waste generated and you can back-fill your trial holes with the excavated material. All in all it was a good productive safe night’s work.”  

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Ward Civil COVID-19 Update

Don’t be fooled by our quiet head office because it is business as usual for the Ward team on all of our projects as we face up to the COVID-19 challenge.

We are reaping the benefit of Ward’s robust on-line collaborative platforms that allow Head Office and project support staff to work remotely when required.

Head Office may look quiet but the work is continuing. This is a key part of our business continuity strategy designed to meet challenges such as COVID-19.

Work is proceeding to plan across all of our project sites in strict compliance with Government social distancing, personal hygiene and self isolation guidelines.

We thank all of our team, including subcontractors and suppliers, for your dedication and hard work in keeping the work on track whilst complying with our COVID-19 requirements and we thank our clients for your continued support.

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Welcome to the Team!

Ward is delighted to welcome Digital Transformation specialist Jana Deshpande to the team.

In this era of the Internet of Things it is essential that we harness our various data sources to provide meaningful information that can assist with optimising performance across the business. “It is exciting to work with a company that places digital technology at the forefront of what it does and is receptive to innovation” said Jana. “With the rapid pace of innovation in this digital and AI space you have to be able to adapt. I am looking forward to the challenge”.

Ward COO Brian Mahon, pictured welcoming Jana on board, said “Jana’s industry experience and expertise in digital systems makes her the ideal candidate to lead this next phase in our business transformation. Watch this space for further developments for sure”

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Young Roosters stars explore career options in construction

Ward presented at the Sydney Roosters CareerWise sessions for the Under 16s and Under 18s teams on Monday afternoon.

The CareerWise sessions are designed to encourage young players to build a career outside of rugby league, to set them up for their post-football life.

To be eligible to play, the young athletes must be engaged in fulltime education, a traineeship or work.

Whilst supporting their number one goal of being selected to play in the NRL, The Roosters work hard to make sure that junior players have options for their post football life.

Ward showcased the various job types and the projects we work on. As a lot of the Under 16s and Under 18s players are still at school, there was a big focus on discussing the different pathways into the civil construction industry.

Ward’s flexible work practices makes working with us an attractive option for people with competing priorities, like playing representative football! 

We loved the chance to talk about what we do, and hopefully we will be able to welcome some new recruits in the coming months.

Thanks to The Roosters for having us and to Ward HR Manager Leigh-Anne Pye, Chandos Traffic Manager Jennifer O’Brien and Community & Stakeholder Manager Danielle Amos for flying the Ward flag.

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