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STEM education program supported by Ballarat Line Upgrade
I'm here at Melton South Primary School. We've been using, I guess, train-themed activities to be able to build some knowledge around how the train works so, the infrastructure, the signalling, the controls.
So to do that, we've actually been using Ozobots which is a very small robot.
This sort of program creates an opportunity to work with the local schools to give children exposure to the type of career opportunities that they may not have had sort of the exposure to so that STEM program is one that we can align with very naturally.
Rail Projects Victoria is working on the Cobblebank Station which is part of the Ballarat upgrade and culminating in the opening of the station. We wanted to engage with the school that's closest to Cobblebank Station, and that's Melton South Primary School.
When the opportunity came up it was like "yes we want to be a part of that".
They haven't had a STEM program, so this year the Grade fives and sixes have been involved in STEM so STEM being so hands-on, it will definitely benefit the type of children we have here hands-on learning, really super engaging, life-based skills.
Sustainability at Cobblebank
Ninety per cent of the concrete that we've used here contains recycled industrial byproducts and that's a really great outcome for the sustainability of the station, it's also great for the recycling industry to maximise the use of those industrial byproducts.
All the reinforcement steel used here at Cobblebank Station uses a polymer injection technology, so this is a great way to replace carbon and steel, and this in turn reduces carbon emissions within the steel and also greenhouse gas emissions during production.
All of the car park asphalt here contains recycled asphalt pavement product and that's a great way for us to incorporate recycled materials into the asphalt layers and hence it makes for a more sustainable product.
The station is using rainwater in the toilets in the evaporative cooling system, which is paramount in conserving Victoria's water supplies. The station will have twenty five per cent more bicycle hoops and industry standards and also secure bike lockup facilities at the station.
This will encourage the community to ride their bikes to their station and it allows them to leave their car at home.
We've installed solar panels here at Cobblebank Station and they'll produce about 18,000 kilowatt hours of power per year and that will contribute about thirteen per cent of the stations energy needs.
Everything we're doing here is to make sure that the station is built as sustainably as possible and we're making sure that what we've done creates the most energy-efficient station for operations in the future.
Bob the Rockbank signalman
My name is Robert Hogg, I lived at Rockbank Station in a house from 1973 to 1992, and worked shift work here, round the clock.
It was peaceful and quiet. There wasn't much here at all. No houses, nothing. We had tank water, pan toilets. They were also on the station as well.
It just amazes me after seeing what I used to have to put up with. We had nothing, really.
So hot here, it used to be. You'd see the clouds come across, and they'd split and all you got is sun and wind.
I've got photos there, it looks like I've been run over by a train. My shirt's undone, I'm supposed to have a tie on.
Then in the winter, it was so cold. I used to let people in the station because there was only half a dozen at the most. And to get them warm because it was so freezing out there. The station master at Melton didn't like it, because he supervised us. But I still let them in. I'd just say "Hey, come on in and get warm", and they didn't say no, that's for sure. They loved it.
I think it was 1992, all the signals were semaphore arms and they were kerosene fonts and you'd have to go out, once a week, at change over of shifts, you had to have three quarters of an hour. So you had go out and light them, and on a windy day that was pretty hard. Climb up the signals. And then, at the end, they just decided to go automatic and make them electrical. And that's when it ended, you know.
And they used train controllers to run the trains. It's hard to get used to after living here for so long without all the traffic, and houses and that.
It's totally different. Put it that way.
Undergraduate Engineer on the Donnybrook and Wallan Station upgrades
At Wallan here we're upgrading the station platform and station canopy as well as the station car park.
My role as a graduate engineer is to assist the project managers and the project engineers in delivery of this project.
There's excavations involved, there's piling, structural steel work, earthworks and civil works as well.
Right now is a really good time to work in rail because of all the other projects around Victoria especially these regional works as well.
It gives a good experience for me moving forward to my career knowing there's a lot of work down down the line.
Being an undergrad on this job is very rewarding and very satisfying as well because I get to learn from senior
engineers and senior managers how a site is built and how to run a site so it really helps me and other undergraduates join the workforce and become the next generation.
Bunjil Energy installing solar panels on the Ballarat Line Upgrade
My name is Isaac Harrison, the general manager for Bunjil.
We're supplying and installing for the project Ballarat Line Upgrade.
Which is very exciting because a lot of our work's community and business-to-business and a bit of commercial a bit of solar farm development stuff that were working in so do a rail site was very interesting for us and very excited to be doing that through Coleman Rail.
We have completed work at the Maddingley stabling, Wendouree Station is something we're looking at doing in their future. Currently we're doing Cobblebank as we speak doing a 15-kilowatt installation at the moment so they'll keep the guys busy for two to three days and they'll move on to our other projects that we've got going in Victoria.
I think the whole reason I got into renewables because there was a there's an immediate connection with doing right by the environment, solar is just one of the pieces of the puzzle there's many forms of renewable energy that's coming into the market we've shown you know we endeavour to be across.
I think Indigenous people really hold a key to a new era within the social enterprise movement, I think people want to see or work for an organisation that actually giving back and it's actually measured and reported on so that's where we're really harvesting at Bunjil, but at the end of the day you still have to be a good operator and you still have compete at a fair and decent price and you still have to just deliver.
White Night Ballarat
I've put together Glacier with the support of White Night and Regional Rail Revival - very pleased to present it this is its premiere and its first night to a public offering and people have really engaged with it which has been really cool.
It's a digital contemplation on our climate it's a real-time artwork it's generative and ever-changing and it reacts to people and it's kind of a contemplation on our responsibility when it comes to our environment.
I've never seen Ballarat so busy even though it's frosty and cold people are really like these people out in droves and enjoying themselves.
It looks like a great festival all round.
Monero Constructions at Donnybrook and Wallan
Today my boys are pouring a platform pour for the Wallan train station - it's just an extension of the platform as part of the upgrade.
At Monero Constructions we do FRP packages which entails your form, reo and pour. That gives me the opportunity to be able to employ Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to be able to upskill them.
There's plenty of opportunity on these rail projects for upskilling, so me being an Indigenous owner, and I have an Indigenous business so it's a very welcoming place for those people to come and learn a new trade.
Before I started the business a few years back, I was working as an employee within the rail industry and the opportunity arose when I was working with Coleman Rail on one of their projects and the opportunity was there and here I am today with my own business in the rail industry.
I won't lie, it's not easy, it's very time-consuming I've got a young family as well and still try to try to keep fit and play footy as well on the weekends and got the business at work we work six days a week so it's been a very big balancing act but yeah it's been good so far.
I want this business to last a long time and to be around for a while so there's longevity for myself and my family and for the employees I have working for me.
Progress on the Ballarat Line Upgrade March 2019
At Ballan we're putting in a second platform, a pedestrian over bridge which is right here behind me and lifts and ramps to really make the station user-friendly and accessible for all the travelling public.
We're also creating a loop here a Ballan, a four kilometre loop and it's going to enable trains to pass and really increase that reliability and also on top of that, it's about any additional services across the project or on the Ballarat corridor.
Now we're not just doing work at Ballan, we're doing extensive work across the Ballarat Line Upgrade, with works at Rockbank - a new station, a completely new rebuild, at Cobblebank Station which is a new station for the Cobblebank area and Bacchus Marsh and Wendouree are also providing second platforms and those station accessibility items and making those user-friendly for the travelling public.
Ballarat Line Upgrade’s Women in Construction program
I am an apprentice in civil construction, labouring with Coleman Rail, here on the Ballarat Line Upgrade.
Been in employment services, recruitment, HR, social procurement side I totally changed my career and became a blue-collar worker at the age of 50. A champion for women on the Women in Construction Program on the Ballarat Line Upgrade and absolutely loving it.
I come from a background of working in the courts so pretty much in the office in high heels so when I was asked to do this position I didn't really think I could do it.
I've been here for four months now and yeah I don't think I'd go back to an office now I love it, except the early starts I'm not gonna lie that's not easy!
In school I thought I wanted to be a mechanic so I did mechanics and then I did panel beating and then you know as I got older, I learnt more and more about construction and it's just so much fun, just playing in the dirt.
I'm lucky that Coleman Rail and a lot of the other employers on the Ballarat Line Upgrade are looking at adapting the workplace that women can be part of it and what we can do and what we're going to be good at.
The boys actually like it, because they say it just changes the dynamics up a bit.
Just having that mix, makes so much difference to the whole environment. I think it's good for everyone.
One of the things I love is that I come here and I learn and everyday is different.
A lot of women coming into more the engineering side which is fantastic, but there's also the opportunities as the labourers and being the machine operators getting into the safety side that sort of thing that I think a lot of our young women are unaware of.
You've got to start somewhere so just get in there and do it, that's what I say.
Honestly if you think you can't do this you can, a hundred percent.
Just give it a go keep the right attitude and you'd be able to do this.
These young girls are going to be aware that, if they want to work on the line, they can we're breaking the barriers for them so they need to step up and start applying.
The Ballan Stationeers
Well I like the warmth of a red brick. This is a cold place in winter and I just think a brick that's that colour radiates a bit of warmth.
It's just beautifully quiet and then the train appears out of the fog or the mist and it's very romantic, even though it's bitterly cold in the winter but it's lovely.
Especially with that line of trees because invariably the magpies are talking and that's beautiful.
The Ballan Stationeers are a group of people who have put their hands up to volunteer once a month. A lot of it was weeding, cutting back, planting, just things like that. Just basic gardening. A bit of sweeping, cleaning up, it's that love and care you put into something that you are about.
We get a lot of response when we're here on the Saturday mornings, you know, with people thanking us and saying it's a joy to come here and they love seeing the changes because we keep colour here. So there's always something flowering and some parsley or rosemary to take if you need a tiny bit for the dinner that night.
It's a good way of people who are new to the town, and a lot of them often come here because of the station, you can join a group and get to know someone.
People of the Ballarat Line Upgrade: Stefania Calati
My job is senior project engineer. I work for the BLU Alliance on the Ballarat Line Upgrade basically we're responsible for five station upgrades across the Ballarat Line Upgrade plus two major bridges and all of the infrastructure that goes around into upgrading the facilities along the Ballarat line.
It's fast paced, it's dynamic, it's really interesting my job I get to do all of these really, really cool things every single day.
I meet really interesting people I also get to build massive heavy infrastructure which is also really cool.
I think it's incredible to be in this space I think you know even being a woman in in infrastructure in construction you know there's not too many of us but we really do bring something a little bit different to the dynamic.
Out here we're affecting change and were able to provide services to the community and to people that matter I think that's so exciting I think that's something that I feel really, really passionate about.
People of the Ballarat Line Upgrade: Emma Dade
Sustainability really is a huge part of all large infrastructure projects at the moment. There's a really big push to really look at how how we're designing and constructing these large infrastructure projects and how can we actually try and improve the sustainable
outcomes from these these projects.
What gets me out of the bed in the morning is knowing that I can that I'm coming into an office where people are motivated and have open minds to actually think differently and think outside the box and what they're doing.
Sustainability is looking at what we call the quadruple bottom lines so your social side of it your governance side of it your
environmental side of it and your economic side of it.
Small activities or small changes that you make can actually result in a really really big sustainable outcome.
It's a very big job and it's an exciting time to be in the job.
GROWing local jobs in Gippsland
The importance of today is being in Sale to connect GROW Gippsland and Rail Projects Victoria to identify our Aboriginal businesses that are growing in this area, to maximise the opportunities and the benefits for our community to maximise employment opportunities.
We are an Indigenous national telecommunications company.
So winning work on the project for us would mean that we could scale up and hire more people within the area.
You be what you can see pretty much so if you see an Indigenous person succeeding, then you want to be that Indigenous person that is succeeding as well.
The connections today have been paramount in our ability to move forward business to business, commercial to commercial and community to industries.
It has been very informative on how to go about finding new business, who actually has the business and what they want from small businesses.
Recently with the drought and all the milk prices and all the rest of it, our business has been struggling so something like this could be the biggest thing that has ever happened to us.
Regional Rail Revival Gippsland - Avon River Bridge
A new rail bridge over the Avon River will allow trains to travel it up to 90 kilometers an hour. The new bridge will be located to the north of the existing bridge and south of the Princes Highway road bridge.
This alignment was chosen because it offered the fastest train speeds smoothest ride for passengers and would be least disruptive to train services during construction.
Trains will continue to run on the existing bridge until the new one is built.
Focusing on local jobs in Gippsland
One of the focuses of the Gippsland Line Upgrade is not just to improve the local infrastructure, it's to include and involve local workforce and it means we can get projects done faster while relying on expert local knowledge.
My name's Scott Kim, I'm a licensed land surveyor. I run a business called One Planned Land Development Group we sort of work between Bairnsdale and Beaconsfield.
We're at Stratford today, our brief this week is to reestablish where the existing boundaries are and when you look at the Avon River it floods, it changes position.
We're using modern technology, using satellite tracking devices, robotic total stations, high accuracy measurement.
A project like this will allow me to look ahead.
For a smaller business like myself with a really young team a project like this can open up other opportunities.
I can actually employ more people, we can buy more equipment, we can do more things.