Epping Road Upgrade reunites supplier with first employer

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A female-led branding and work wear company is heading back to where it all began by providing personal safety gear for Major Road Projects Victoria’s Epping Road Upgrade.

Clare Quinlan’s Salus Workwear will supply personal protective equipment to the project’s construction partner McConnell Dowell, which, in a twist of fate, hired her years before as an environmental advisor at the beginning of her career.

Clare used contacts from her long stint in the construction industry to found Salus Workwear in August 2022, partly for flexibility to raise a family.

Beginning with the Epping Road Upgrade, she hopes to provide employment opportunities for women seeking improved work/life balances and more options for training and career development.

The upgrade has begun major works in another step toward providing safer, more reliable journeys for the 35,000 drivers using Epping Road daily in Melbourne’s north.

The upgrade will benefit drivers, cyclists and pedestrians with additional lanes in each direction and improvements to six intersections between Memorial Avenue and Craigieburn Road East.

Current works include the construction of new southbound traffic lanes and the relocation of services such as electricity, water, sewage, and communications.

The upgrade is due for completion in 2025.

Major Road Projects Victoria is delivering the project as part of the Suburban Roads Upgrade, a $3 billion construction pipeline of improvements across Melbourne’s south-eastern and northern suburbs.

The Australian and Victorian governments are each contributing to the package.

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