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Major Milestone

The Ward team recently achieved a major milestone on the Northern Beaches Hospital road upgrade project with the final breakthrough of the slot excavation works beneath the Wakehurst Parkway bridge.

This means there is now continuous access for people and equipment across the entire length of the site without the need to use the public road network. This should reduce the amount of construction traffic on the local road network and so improve the traffic risk environment for both workers and the local community. 

Well done to John Gillan, Jeff Richards and the entire project team for a job well done.

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Suicide Prevention

Well done to Colm Drumgoole and Leigh-Anne Pye on recently completing the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training with Mates in Construction.

It is a sad fact that every year 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives. This means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide.

Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work. For our young workers, the facts are that they are well over two times more likely to take their own lives than other young Australian men.

Colm and Leigh-Anne are part of Ward’s efforts to ensure we have gate-keepers available to those who may need assistance or support.

Research has shown us that workers find it difficult to discuss feelings and emotions with colleagues at work and the nature of the work made social support more difficult. Pride was identified as an issue with saying they had a problem being seen as not manly.

If you need help and are on a construction site which has received MATES in Construction training, please contact 1300 642 111.  

Alternatively you can contact 13 11 14 Lifeline Australia that is open 7 days a week 24 hours a day and Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

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Project Update!

The Ward team on our Southern Expansion Enabling Works project at Sydney International Airport completed three nights of intensive works to open a temporary road for all traffic leaving the International Terminal on Arrivals Court Road last week. The temporary road frees up space for the remaining works that are part of this exciting project.

Well done to the Project Manager Rory Kelly and his project team on achieving this project milestone with minimum disruption to airport operations.

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New Project Announcement!

Ward is pleased to advise that we have been awarded a contract for the demolition, remediation and civil works required to enable the construction of a replacement aviation foam testing facility at RAAF Base Williamtown.

Head to the “current projects” section of our website to see the full scope of works!

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Annual Golf Day in memory of our Founder Peter Ward

A day filled with warmth, sunshine & a lot of laughter, the 5th Annual Peter Ward Golf day was held on 18 October, and was yet another success!  

On behalf of Ward we would like to say a massive thank you to Moore Park Golf Course, having us covered with everything we need to make our day as special and commemorative as possible.

After some lunch and a few drinks we had 20 teams, teeing off at 1pm for a shotgun start, and with the Peter Ward Trophy at stake you are sure to believe that the tension was high!

As we celebrated this day, we didn’t let it pass without remembering the man who made it all possible. We like to think that Peter would be proud as we continue and strive to uphold his values and what he worked so hard for.

Congratulations to the winning team – Julia Ward, Stephen Troughton, Nick Stama & Ben Maher!

Putting Comp: Ross Traynor

Turkey Prize: Daniel Boyce, Terry McCardle, Beau Westland, Adam McCarthy

Yellow Ball: Colm Drumgoole, Alan Sherlock, Mostafa Nazar, Patrick McMahon

Closest to the Pin: Steve Green

Longest Drive: Rowan Grace

Until next year!

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Annual Safety Day

The 5th Annual Ward Safety Day was held last week with a strong focus on the welfare of all who work within the business.

The day was started with an introduction by COO Brian Mahon on the importance of taking time to reflect on how best to work safely in our high risk environment, followed by CEO Julia Ward’s overview of the business performance during the last year and outlook for the future.

Our WHS team gave a briefing on WHS performance against targets during past 12 months and highlighted lessons learned.

Specialist presentations on the day included:

  • Chain of Responsibility – Terry Grace
  • Managing Silica – Alex Thomson – EP Risk
  • Community & Stakeholder Management – Danielle Amos
  • Suicide Prevention – Kieran Toohey – Mates in Construction

These informative sessions were well received by the team and provided an opportunity to raise any safety and welfare improvement suggestions to help us over the course of coming year.

Well done to Uday Gorrepati, Joe O’Connor and all who assisted in organising the day.

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GIRLS IN STEM AT UTS

On Thursday 10 October Ward participated in the annual Girls in STEM Day at the University of Technology Sydney.

The Ward team was represented by female staff from across the business, including engineering, safety and community. Ward facilitated a workshop for those who nominated an interest in construction or civil engineering.

 The high school students, mainly from years 11 and 12, were split into teams and asked to design and build a structure using recycled materials.

The first team designed and created a bridge structure suitable for conditions in the Philippines and the second team chose to design and create a hospital in outback Australia.

As part of the process, students were asked to consider all project elements such as cost, environmental constraints, design, build-ability and ethical considerations.

The Ward team enjoyed helping the girls test their ideas as well as answering questions about what it’s like to work in the construction industry.

We wish the girls all the best for their future studies and we hope to see them back again as graduates!

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are areas currently underrepresented by females. Championed by CEO Julia Ward, we are committed to encouraging more females to study and pursue a career in civil engineering.

Thank you to UTS for inviting Ward to participate in this fantastic initiative.

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New Office Opening

Ward is pleased to announce the official opening of its new combined office and warehouse facility at Lane Cove West.

Located at 2-6 Orion Road we have a newly fitted out state of the art office facility with a full height 1,100m2 warehouse beneath which will serve as the home base for our plant fleet including our two new Dry-Vac units.

We are excited at being able to combine the Ward plant and materials logistical support with the corporate office function in the one modern facility.

IT manager Antonino Cascio worked late into the night to ensure a seamless transfer of all data systems and the connectivity speeds at the new office are truly impressive.

Please take the time to come and visit when next in the area.

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New Project Announcement

Ward is pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded the Contract by SACL for the Enabling works Southern Expansion Project.

The project is 40 week duration and includes works in a live carpark environment and airside at the International T1 Terminal.

Ward has a long history of the successful delivery of infrastructure projects both landside and airside at Sydney International Airport.

Head to the “current projects” section of our website to see the full scope of works!

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Additional turning lane for Hoxton Park Rd Intersection

Ward is pleased to advise of the opening of an additional right turn lane on the Southbound carriageway of the Hume Highway, at the intersection of Hoxton Park Road, Liverpool.

As part of the RMS Pinch Point Program, this new lane will assist in reducing congestion and travel time at this critical intersection.

Ward continues to deliver critical infrastructure projects as part of the RMS Easing Sydney’s Congestion program with an outstanding record in improving the customer experience.

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