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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, a 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.

Authorised by Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne

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 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.

Authorised by Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne.

The Ballan Stationeers

Stephanie: "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."

Authorised by Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne.

People of the Ballarat Line Upgrade: Stefania Calati

Stefania: "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."

Authorised by Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne.

People of the Ballarat Line Upgrade: Emma Dade

Emma: "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."

Authorised by Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne.

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.

Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne.

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 princess 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.

Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne.

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.

Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place Melbourne.