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[Opening of the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway marks an important milestone in the\nAustralian construction industry]



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MEDIA RELEASE Thursday, 15 January, 2004

The opening of the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway marks an important milestone in the Australian construction industry, according to project joint venture partner John Holland.

Bill Wild, Managing Director of Australia’s leading rail constructor, John Holland, welcomed the formal opening of the railway which proved the depth of construction ‘know-how’ in Australia.

“More than 5.5 million man hours, involving over 1100 people demonstrated to the world that the Australian construction industry can manage infrastructure projects of a truly massive scale,” Mr Wild said.

”Add to that the fact that the many teams involved in the project came from all around the nation and worked on a site about 1420 kilometres in length - which few projects in the world could boast.

“Landmark projects like this don’t come along all that often, and John Holland is naturally proud to have played a major role.”

Mr Wild added that the project built upon the design and project management expertise of John Holland and the other construction joint venture partners and provided an unique training opportunity for hundreds of Australian workers.

”The long-term benefits of passenger and freight services between Alice Springs and Darwin are massive, but perhaps not as well known are the incredible benefits this project has brought to the future of the Australian construction industry.

“In keeping with John Holland’s own commitment to developing the skills of our workforce, nearly 200 employees across the joint venture partners were enrolled on nationally recognised training courses covering areas as diverse as civil construction and manufactured mineral products through to hospitality, cookery and office administration.”

Mr Wild said John Holland had a proud rail construction history and had provided a high degree of the expertise in the overall design and construction of the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway. John Holland also provided the expertise for the building of 85 bridges, pre-casting of the bridge structures and management of Trackworks South.

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