Elliot Springs contractor supports the local economy
Elliot Springs’ civil works contractor Hansen Constructions NQ Managing Director Jacqui Murr talks about their family business, how they pride themselves on supporting their local community and 20 per cent of their workforce identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Appointed to construct Elliot Springs’ first subdivision stages and the 4 hectare super park civil works, Hansen Constructions NQ is well-known for 28 years as a local contractor delivering a high standard of civil infrastructure on some of the premier subdivisions in Townsville.
Jacqui said their Indigenous workforce play a critical part of the business, working in construction services, senior management, tradesmen and labourer roles.
“These employees are integral to the high-quality services we deliver,” Jacqui said.
Jacqui and husband, David, took over the civil construction business in 2007 following a number of years working for the company under previous owner, and founder, Allan Hansen.
Ensuring their employees are appropriately skilled and competent, Hansen Constructions NQ have developed internal training programs and engaged a Registered Training Organisation to deliver training to their workforce.
Testament to their tailored training programs, a number of their team have progressed within the business starting as labourers and completing qualifications to become plant operators or earthmoving and underground crews.
Elliot Springs Regional Development Manger Simon Walker said Hansen Constructions NQ have eagerly and dramatically worked with Lendlease to improve their workplace health and safety practises and are certainly a preferred contractor with Lendlease in Townsville.
Some of the training has included Certificate III in Civil Construction, high risk work licenses and general health and safety training.
“We also seek to engage our workforce and welcome their input to improving our service delivery and productivity,” Jacqui said.
“We’ve also invested in new emerging technologies, such as GPS/UTS for graders and on ground survey equipment with the team undergoing training to competently operate these new services.”
The awarding of the Elliot Springs’ first subdivision stages and 4 hectare park civil works has been a positive for local employment in a regional economy after a downturn in 2016.
Jacqui said that a number of their workers have been with them for many years and they attribute this to being a family run business and supporting workers and their families.
Passionate about their local community Jacqui said they also enjoy supporting smaller sporting groups, sponsoring teams and individuals representing Townsville in their chosen sporting fields.
Having recently completed Aspect subdivision stages 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 6A, 6C and the 4 hectare park civil works, Hansen Constructions NQ are currently completing four bioretention basins and are soon to commence construction of an acoustic barrier to the Bruce Highway.
Subject to approvals, land settlements and continued high performance, Hansen Constructions NQ are the preferred contractor to be awarded Aspect stage 6B and further stages.