Locals rule in the outback

The Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline will not only secure long-term water supply to Broken Hill in Far West NSW - its construction has also has secured long term career prospects for those who built it.

John Holland is committed to making a difference to the communities we work in.

Together with our delivery partners MPC Group, and our customer WaterNSW, we ensured the project opened doors for trainees who live locally.

A total of 19 trainees got their start on the project, 17 of whom are from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.

John Holland Executive General Manager for NSW/ACT Scott Olsen said it was important to create opportunities for local communities when delivering major projects.

“Major infrastructure projects have the capacity to change lives, and we have a responsibility to give back to the communities we work in,” Mr Olsen said.

“This project will keep water flowing to Broken Hill and also welcome a new generation of workers into our industry. I’m excited to see what they will achieve next.”

Dominic Eggmolesse-Smith is one of the 17 Indigenous locals taking part in our Certificate II in Civil Construction traineeship.

“This experience has opened my eyes to opportunities that I would never have thought possible,” Dominic said.

We created a video to show the incredible journey our trainees have been on as they deliver a 270 kilometre water supply pipeline.