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20th October 2020

Shortlisted contractors announced for Warringah Freeway upgrade

After completing the Expressions of Interest process, the New South Wales Government has announced three shortlisted candidates for the Warringah upgrade project.

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4th August 2019

Do you Need a Licence to Operate a Grader?

*Last updated: November 2020 Quick Links Do you need a licence to operate a grader? What responsibilities does a grader have? What responsibilities does a project manager or PCBU have? What grader operator training solutions are available? Want to hire a grader? Do you need a licence to operate a grader? When it comes to operating licences for earthmoving machinery like graders there have been changes in recent times that make a yes/no answer complicated, so it might be confusing knowing whether you need a grader licence or not. You may have heard the term 'operator grader ticket' being thrown around when investigating grader operation. Officially, if you are in Australia you no longer need a licence, such as an earthmoving or particular crane certification (EPC), to operate most earthmoving machines. However, it doesn’t mean you can just rock up to a worksite and hop on a grader with no experience. It does mean that you have to take the necessary steps to become a competent grader operator. As graders are a vital finishing machine on any worksite the project manager or the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) are very particular with a grader operator’s experience and skills. The need for an EPC licence was revoked in 2011 by the Australian Federal Government to make it easier for workers to responsibly use a range of plant equipment. Although this then meant that a range of other management and operator responsibilities took its place to ensure the safety and productivity of the worksite.

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31st January 2019

A step-by-step guide to building a retaining wall

 Steps to build a retaining wall: Know the lay of the land - contact Dial Before You Dig Draft your wall design Finalise plans and mark out area Excavate area and trench Lay and compact road base Lay steel bar grid/mesh and set up wooden forms Pour footing - lay cement and sand mix Screed and level the cement/sand mix Lay first row of bricks Fill first layer of bricks with blue metal aggregate Optional - Install drainage pipe Lay remaining layers of bricks Remove lugs from top layer Install caps Allow everything to dry

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