22 October 2001 BULLETIN 18 Chief Minister visits Katherine sleeper plant Chief Minister Clare Martin and Minister for Primary Industries Dr Peter Toyne visited the Katherine sleeper factory and construction depot on 12 October, and said they were impressed at the level of activity on the railway. “I have looked at the numbers before, but when you actually see it, the earthworks and the sleeper plant being built, when you see the level of activity and how it will all come together, it gives you a real idea of what is happening,” the Chief Minister said. They were shown around by ADrail and Austrak staff, including Project Director Al Volpe, who said construction was on schedule and “coming together very much as planned”. The Chief Minister said she was satisfied with the level of contracts going to Territory companies, with the total value of contracts awarded evenly divided between South Australia and the Northern Territory. “There are certainly opportunities on the railway. opportunities are there,” she said. Bridge construction Trevor Farrington, the construction manager for minor bridges, has joined the ADrail team, with the first seven bridges due to be completed before Christmas south of Katherine. Tenders have been called for pile-driving at the Katherine River Bridge site in November, with road trains arriving to stockpile the piles in Katherine the week before last. NT Prestressing of Darwin has been subcontracted to Adelaide company PCP to help make 716 prestressed, precast beams for approximately 100 minor bridges on the railway project. Production starts next week and the first 68 of the 12 metre girders are required by the end of November, so things are humming out at Berrimah with bed design, moulds due to arrive this week, and the installation of stressing heads and jacks and a steaming plant. You have to be competitive, but the The Railway Employment Group includes senior representatives of the Department of Industries and Business (DIB), Territory Construction Association, NT Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Department of Transport and Works, NTISO and Local Government Association of the Northern Territory. For more information on the railway contact Neil Almond on 08 8999 7897, your nearest DIB office, or Jane Munday on 08 8946 9572 or email@example.com Fax Back: 8999 5333 -2- Manager Andrew Mansfield says NT Prestressing missed out on the precast beam contract when it was awarded by ADrail, so approached PCP in Adelaide with an offer to provide specialist labour and prestressing equipment. The result is good news for both companies on what is a major railway contract. PCP‟s General Manager Graham Garvie says the bridges will be built to a standard design which in turn means a standard design for the beams. “NT Prestressing has a contract to provide the labour content and do the prestressing part of the job, because that‟s their forte,” he says. “We will supply all the materials, management and a senior construction foreman.” PCP is part of the Sarah group of companies, privately owned by a South Australian family. PCP started in the precast pit market for storm water, precast concrete drains. It also produces precast barriers for freeways and made the Grand Prix barriers for the V8 racetrack in Adelaide. Four years ago, PCP bought out Hy-Stress, the main company in South Australia for prestressing products, such as bridges and large culverts. For the past three years, PCP has also produced Super T beams for the Southern Expressway. NT Prestressing was established about seven years ago as a post-tensioning company which worked largely on highrise buildings. Since expanding into the prestressing business, the company has won work on bridges, wharf maintenance, and concrete repair work, with contracts across the Territory and in the Middle East. Other contracts Alice Springs company Outback Mechanical and Refrigeration, has won contracts for electrical reticulation, water and plumbing at the Low Level camp in Katherine, The Bend and Blue Bush Bore, near Tennant Creek. Outback Mechanical and Refrigeration specialises in remote area work and is unusual in that it supplies both plumbing and electrical services, as well as air-conditioning and refrigeration. Manager Adrian Todd and his staff arrive self-contained at the camps, with a truck and crane and their own ramps, spending about three weeks in each camp. Work starts with trenches, then plumbing and electrical wiring, terminating at the generator sets. Adrian installs a main switchboard, which is like a mini station distributing to half a dozen distributor boards around the camps which connect sections such as the kitchen and wet mess. Adrian praises ADrail staff in the camps, Darrol Sachs, the electrical inspector with WorkHealth for being approachable and helpful in approving the temporary wiring arrangements required, and Adelaide businessman Peter Cox, of Rowanco, who has made switchboards to Adrian‟s design. Darwin company Allbuilt has won a $1.3 million contract to design and construct locomotive sheds in Katherine and Tennant Creek, also picking up work to build equipment storage sheds, concrete footings for gantries, and concrete work for the welding area. Director Ian Stewart says Allbuilt has in turn subcontracted work to C&V Concreting of Darwin, Roofmaster for sheeting and Commons Plumbing for the trade waste disposal system.” Allbuilt was established in Darwin 22 years ago and specialises in the design and construction of steel framed buildings such as warehouses, offices and aircraft hangars. -3- Katherine company Blue Sea Steel has a second contract with Austrak to install moulds for the concrete sleeper factories in Tennant Creek and Katherine. Manager Hans Sekinger says the company, which specialises in steel fabrication installation, won an earlier contract to install steel casting beds supplied by Krueger Engineering of Mount Gambier in South Australia. Krueger Engineering recently won a second contract to provide 41 bridgeheads for minor bridges after completing the earlier work well ahead of schedule. Julalikari A labour hire contract with ADrail will boost Aboriginal employment in the Tennant Creek region, says Julalikari Council‟s General Manager Joe Carter. Staff employed are: 8 people with commercial full-time work as general labourers 1 tyre fitter 2 cleaners with Morris Catering at the Tennant Creek site 1 kitchen hand (with the possibility of a traineeship) Half of these positions have been filled from the Julalikari CDEP list, providing these workers with full-time employment. Julalikari‟s CDEP project has also won a contract with Morris Corporation through Indigenous Perspectives to supply eggs (with 400 hens producing eggs), lettuces, herbs and spices to camp kitchens, he says. This has been a good morale boost, as well as a chance to provide indigenous people with useful new skills and a great benefit to the community of Tennant Creek, says Joe. Other contracts Other Territory companies to win contracts with ADrail in the past month include: Coates Hire (minor plant) Energy Power Systems (generator) Andrew Brown & Co of Alice Springs (water and sewer services for the Katherine sleeper factory) Power Projects of Katherine (electrical reticulation for the sleeper factory and hire of a Proline boring rig) Hagstrom Drilling (bridge site drilling) J&S Drilling (bridge site drilling) P&H Earthmovers (equipment hire) Fred (NT) (thrust bore) Chris Harding Concrete of Katherine Glenn Upstill Earthworks of Katherine (plant hire) Tiver Constructions of Alice Springs (earthworks for Tennant Creek loco shed) Ground Force Excavations (mini excavator hire) Industries Services Training (induction services) GHD Surveys of Katherine John Holland (hire of cranes) MP Forsyth of Katherine (survey work) James Earl and Associates (survey work) -4- Monodelphous (boilermakers) Acer Forester of Alice Springs (building approvals for construction camps) Lintin Geotechnical (testing of core samples) Henry Walker Elton for a geotechnical survey between Adelaide River and Darwin. Asia Pacific Transport has called tenders for the operational rolling stock which includes locomotives and freight wagons. The tender closes at the end of November for an award in early 2002. The contract is worth an estimated $60 million. Asia Pacific Transport has taken over the maintenance of the Tarcoola to Alice Springs Railway, using the existing workforce of the previous contractor, Transfield. The maintenance crews are based in Alice Springs. Contracts for four road overpasses will be awarded in January. (A reminder that awarded contracts and pending packages are posted regularly on ADrail‟s Internet site at http://www.adrail.com.au) General information on contracts Most of the major packages have now been awarded by ADrail, with a significant number of packages signed off in October. A summary of contracts: 1. Packages: To the first week of October, 154 packages had been awarded by ADrail (with SA/NT firms about equal in terms of values) Orders worth $10,000+: To the end of September, about 170 orders worth $10,000 or more had been placed by ADrail, with an even break down between SA/NT firms. These covered office equipment, plant hire, transport, freight, accommodation and meals, fencing, hire cars and other goods and services. Total contracts (including above categories): Total value of contracts awarded by ADrail to the end of August is nearly $537 million, of which $535.3 million was spent on SA/NT companies (approximately evenly). Total number of contracts is 934 for the Territory ($265.7 million) and 313 for South Australia ($269 million). The main trend from this is that South Australia has picked up a smaller number of large contracts, while the Territory has picked up a large number of smaller contracts. This is good news for Territory businesses as it suits the capacities of Territory businesses, indicates the flow-on effect has been substantial in regional areas, and spreads the benefits. 4. The above figures do not include contracts awarded by Austrak, Morris Corporation, the NT Government Public Works program, and Australian Railroad Group, as well as the substantial flow-on effect of many subcontractors working for successful contractors. 2. 3. -5- Progress Report Work is proceeding well, despite heavy rain in both Katherine and Tennant Creek in the past couple of weeks. About 240 kilometres of railway corridor have been cleared and 130 kilometres of embankment completed south of Tennant Creek and Katherine. Work has started on clearing north of Tennant Creek and has reached Warrego Road. A night shift has started. Earthworks are ahead of schedule. Culvert crews are working south of Tennant Creek and Katherine, with culverts rolled on site by Ingal. The Blue Bush Bore camp is under construction, with arrangements finalised to establish a camp at the Wauchope Hotel. The Katherine sleeper plant is nearly completed and steelwork at the Tennant Creek plant is nearly finished. As of the end of September, ADrail had employed 367 people. Work has also begun on the $39 million Henry Walker Eltin contract at East Arm Port to build the railway embankment and intermodal container terminal. Dredging is due to start in the first week of November. Pine Creek project After approaches from the Pine Creek Community Government Council, ADrail has agreed to donate and help move rail from the old railway alignment, which will be used on the Pine Creek steam train project. The project includes the restoration of an 1877 Beyer and Peacock steam engine, as part of the council‟s plans for a „working steam museum‟ in Pine Creek, with plans for a 30-kilometre scenic railway trips to historic Grove Hill Hotel, 30 kilometres away. Council President Ray Wooldridge says ADrail has donated nine kilometres of old rail and offered to help transport the material from heritage sites on the old North Australia Railway corridor in Burrundie, Fergusson River and Brock‟s Creek. Removal will be supervised by Gerard Niemoller, an archaeologist working for ADrail to ensure the identification and protection of heritage and archaeological sites. Heritage trail Four-wheel drive enthusiasts may be interested in a new Old Ghan heritage trail from Alice Springs to Port Augusta, which includes a series of interpretive signs outlining the history of the old railway. Brochures are available from The Central Australia Visitor Information Centre on 8952 5800 (www.centraaustraliantourism.com) or South Australian Visitor and Travel Centre on 1300 655 276 (www.southaustralia.com.) The project was sponsored by the Northern Territory Department of Lands Planning and Environment and South Australian Tourist Commission. On Track newsletter The October On Track newsletter is at the printer‟s and should be out (and posted on the media room of the railway Internet site at http://www.nt.gov.au/railway) in a week or so.