Day One of the IPP Fact Finding Mission
30, July, 2018
First stop on Mark Coleman's fact finding mission landed him in Junee. Earlier this year CPB Contractors awarded PSGH a significant builders package on the 480 bed extension to Junee Correctional Centre.
PSGH is playing a leading role on site delivering very complex and demanding work over the next 12 months, with fantastic support from the CPB team on site.
Mark is very pleased to report we have achieved 25% Indigenous employment on this project so far. What's more pleasing is we have some very talented Indigenous staff in key positions, Ben Dries (Project Engineer) and Michael Cain (Site Foreman ). Ben's family heritage is from South Australia and his mob is Kaurna (but I think pronounced Gana ). Michael's family is from NSW and his mob is Kamilaroi. Michael first started with PSGH as a Leading Hand on our Prime Minister and Cabinet fit out in Canberra and I am pleased too see Michael's career gaining momentum and watching him develop through the PSGH ranks.
Ben's grandfather who is an elder played a major role in the first native title settlement in S.A and was one of the first Indigenous men to graduate from S.A. University. Ben's Father was in the Airforce which saw Ben spend time oversees until he returned to Canberra where he attended ANU and graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. Mark asked Ben how does it make him feel working for an Indigenous construction company, Ben Replied "it's something that I'm really proud of and it's also a place I can celebrate my heritage." Ben plans to become a Project Manager and then possibly start his own business, either way PSGH will be supporting him and Michael on their respective journeys.
To follow the journey in real time visit Mark's LinkedIn profile.