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Longer days, a warm breeze, the donning of shorts and t-shirts and the closing out of the NRL season can only mean one thing…summer is coming! And there’s no better way to relax than perusing CGC’s bumper issue newsletter!

Weddings, birthdays, new starters and anniversaries were all celebrated during this period…

As for new starters, CGC welcomed Maria Harris who is looking after the Civil & Infrastructure desk in our Brisbane office; Martin Smallshaw joined the engineering team, working alongside Hollie recruiting Building Services Engineers for design consultancies across NSW; and Tom Fisher, who is heading up our skilled construction trades division here in Sydney. Great to have you on board guys!

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Rory Todd is here to talk us through the current Rail industry and later Oliver will fill you in with all things social.

The Rail Boom! by Rory Todd

It has been 3 years last month since I migrated from the UK to join CGC and how the Sydney Rail market has changed in that time…

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In 2014 things were very quiet for the Sydney Rail market. With South West Rail Link, all but complete and most of the upcoming major projects either at tender or in the design and procurement phase. This meant that the only real rail construction work was the periodic upgrades on the existing Sydney Trains network and small station upgrades as part of the TAP program. This lead to many companies making Engineers redundant rather than hiring engineers!

Fast forward three years and the major rail projects in full swing construction include the NW Metro ($8bn), CBD Light Rail, ($1bn), New Intercity Fleet ($2.3bn), Sydney Growth Trains ($1.7), ATP roll out ($1bn) and Newcastle light Rail ($1bn) to name a few. Add to this the continuing upgrade of Sydney Trains network and not to mention the new City South West Metro coming through, the opportunity for rail professionals in Sydney has never been better, mimicking that of the mining boom in WA back in 2003. With such a growth in the market, internal troops are now stretched to the limit and there has been a huge increase in the need for specialist contract staff to assist in the delivery of these projects on an hourly/daily rate basis.

So why work on contract? Firstly, it offers the chance to maximise your earning potential during the infrastructure boom, with rates for Project Engineers being as high as $1000/day! Secondly, because of the massive amounts of work in construction and confirmed upcoming projects (Parramatta Light Rail, ACT Light Rail Stage 2, Western Sydney Metro, Circular Quay Redevelopment, TAP 3 etc) in the pipeline, job security is no longer a priority and engineers can bounce from project to project without time on the sidelines. Finally, it offers experienced Engineers the ability to work across various projects of different sizes and complexity, adding value at critical stages of design and construction.

The rail boom is here and is here to stay for the foreseeable future so for more information regarding contract opportunities in the NSW Rail market please call Rory for a confidential chat on 0428 026 703 or email

CGC Social

It’s been a very busy couple of months here at CGC with new starters, work anniversaries, birthdays, a wedding and a trip away.

We celebrated the Anniversaries of Rory Todd, George Hvid and Lee Hayward, turning 3, 1 & 1 in CGC years respectively. Rory joined the business with only resourcing experience and has grown into one of CGC’s key performers, taking home the top biller trophy last year. George has carved out an excellent reputation within the NSW infrastructure space for placing skilled engineers and rail professionals with some of Australia’s leading contractors and consultancies. And Lee, in Brisbane, continues to expand his presence in the Building Construction and Housing Industry.

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September saw Lindsey advancing another year in a month where she secured her first placement at CGC. Happy Birthday also to Evan, Matt & Olly who clocked another year in October. Congratulations all round...

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We’ve had a few big excursions too: Steve Morris had his stag do in Queenstown with a few members of the CGC team making the journey across to New Zealand’s south island. Highlights included a bungy jump in freezing cold weather, and plenty of fancy dress. Steve & Hannah’s Wedding in the Hunter Valley followed a few weeks later and by all accounts was a splendid affair.

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Here at CGC we also gazed into our crystal balls and headed up to the Gold Coast late September to discuss the goals of the business by 2020 and to cement and quantify the values of our organisation. With both Sydney and Brisbane offices coming together, a great afternoon of brainstorming and presentations was followed by a fantastic taster menu at Fu Man Chu and a few drinks at the lovely Island Rooftop Bar. Friday morning was spent learning to fly at the I-Fly indoor sky diving which certainly helped to blow away any cobwebs before a relaxed afternoon was spent by the pool. The two-day extravaganza was capped off by a 3-course meal at Cliftons Bar & Grill.

Thanks to Jim and Nick for putting on an excellent EOFY getaway, and to Glynis for organising it all. We look forward to next year’s event.