Geelong’s future builders today joined a special tour of Wurriki Nyal, Greater Geelong’s new Civic Precinct, as part of the project’s support for local jobs and skills development.
The visiting construction students
are participants in the City-led Regional Industry Sector Employment (RISE)
program, a collaborative program sponsored by Gforce Employment Solutions that
connects job seekers with industry via training, recruitment, mentoring and
The City’s project to bring
together new centralised offices, services for the community and outdoor public
space has already directly employed 255 local workers through its construction,
with major tenders worth $29 million awarded to G21 businesses so far.
The RISE students were able
to talk to the project team and see the 6 Star Green Star building’s
sustainable features up close, including its exposed mass engineered timber
Wurriki Nyal is the first building
of its kind in Geelong to use mass engineered timber in its structure, and one
of just a handful across Australia. The sustainably sourced material is a
low-emissions alternative to steel and concrete because it captures carbon as
the timber grows rather than releasing it during production.
Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan,
who joined the tour today, said it was great to share the project’s progress
with the community.
“It was fantastic to have
Geelong’s future builders on site with us to see this once-in-a-generation
community project come together and learn from the construction team in the
process,” said Cr Sullivan.
“From locally-made steel to
Geelong-grown expertise, Wurriki Nyal would not be possible without the local
businesses and workers who have contributed to building a new civic precinct
for our community.
“Creating Wurriki Nyal has
always been an opportunity to support Geelong’s growth, and we’re delighted to
see the project continue to create jobs and business for our community.”
RISE participant Alexander
Wagstaff, 21, who hopes to become a plumber on large commercial projects, said it
was exciting to see behind the scenes of such a large project.
“Tours like today are really important for me
personally to get an understanding of the work and engineering that goes into a
project like this,” said Alexander.
“It was good to hear the way
Wadawurrung People were involved as part of the design, and the sustainability
features like using timber instead of steel were amazing.
“I’m really excited about my
own career now, and excited to seeing what this building looks like when it’s
done. Knowing it’s a project for the community makes it all the more important
Wurriki Nyal – Wadawurrung
words meaning “speak and talk together” – will open to the public in mid-2022.