To build the 8km long shared walking and cycling path that runs alongside the new Mordialloc Freeway, we’ve worked with Yarra Contracting, an Aboriginal owned and operated civil construction company.
A Kinaway certified business, Yarra Contracting delivers construction projects throughout Victoria, training and integrating Aboriginal people into the civil construction industry.
Their partnership with McConnell Dowell Decmil Joint Venture and us to build the shared walking and cycling path forms part of more than $4 million the project spent with Aboriginal businesses, successfully providing more than 45,000 hours of employment for Aboriginal workers.
Social procurement is core to how we deliver projects and ensures that we’re able to invest in job creation in the broader community. Partnering with Aboriginal owned and led businesses like Yarra Contracting gives these businesses the support they need to be able to grow and provide opportunities for meaningful, full-time employment to Aboriginal people.
Yarra Contracting is also supporting our commitment to building a greener freeway. To help build the Freeway using more sustainable materials they used an innovative product called eMesh, made of 100% recycled plastic, to build the shared walking and cycling path. Replacing the conventional steel mesh used to reinforce concrete, eMesh is quicker to install and increases the lifespan of the concrete.
The Mordialloc Freeway will connect the Mornington Peninsula Freeway to the Dingley Bypass and will open Sunday 21 November 2021.