It’s a proud moment for everyone at The Mendi Group to see the Queensland Country Bank Stadium officially opening. It seems like yesterday we were selected by Watpac to undertake the first early works package in August 2017. Jeff Doyle still recounts the day fondly when they were advised of the successful award. “We knew we were in a good position to be the contractor chosen. Now when we see what we have achieved, I believe we have more than proven our value to the Project, Watpac and the entire Townsville community”.
Working alongside Principal Contractor Watpac from the very first day the soil was turned in August 2017 up to the final laying of the turf in the field of play earlier this month, Mendi alone invested over 100,000 local manhours throughout the construction phase. This project provided its share of challenges due to enduring the largest flood in history, location to the Ross Creek, contaminated waste on site and the geological nature of the ground. However, with clever processes and good relationships with all involved these difficulties were managed as required.
In brief, The Mendi Group: —
The Field of Play was a specialised contract. Engaged by Watpac, Mendi worked closely with stakeholders to ensure the ‘Ready to Play field’ was the icing on top of the cake. The specialised nature of turf meant that production commenced 3 months prior. Normally production would occur in Southern parts of the State so it was important that the effort was made to keep as much local as we could. It was important and still is for us that wherever possible the local community benefitted throughout the process.
As a local business Mendi ensured that the money stayed local, supporting local businesses through the supply of materials and labour. Jeff Doyle said, “we can firmly state that every part of our contract whether it was supply of materials, machinery, professional services or labour, if it was a service that could be engaged locally, then that was our mantra”. The Mendi Group was able to extend on the relationships with their supply chain, that has developed in their 60-year history in order to maintain the local benefits that the project offered.
The iconic project not only saw a benefit within the local business sector but also the local labour force. During construction of the Queensland Country Bank Stadium, the Mendi Group recruited 12% in new entrants and 18% of the total manhours on the project was spent on upskilling employees. With over 18,000 hours spent on training employees from various sectors of the project ranging from civil construction, machinery operation, traffic management, safety education and environmental training.
“For a company that is celebrating our 60-year anniversary, to be part of a project of this size and complexity is an opportunity rarely offered. Our business and people in it are better because of this project. I speak on behalf of my Mendi Team and my local business partners engaged in the project and say thank you to all levels of Government for supporting Townsville with this iconic landmark. Additionally, we thank the entire team at Watpac who made this opportunity possible for our generation and many generations to come”.
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