Phil had “had enough of corporate life” after working for major national companies; David Wagstaff had his own practice; the pair jumped into their own business together. That may suggest they had a readymade portfolio of clients to work for, but Phil says this was not the case. Instead, the business had to be built up slowly and painstakingly.
Located near Wonthaggi, on the Bass Coast south-east of Melbourne, the A$3.5 billion mega project is the product of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the Victorian Government and AquaSure. The Thiess Degrémont Joint Venture (TDJV) was contracted to design, construct and commission the project.
First, says Minister Guy, it is important to note the change in emphasis in the way the Victorian government considers planning in the state. “The key point is that the government now sees the planning portfolio more as an economic one rather than simply a social portfolio,” he explains. This swing has prompted initiatives such as planning zone reform, a new urban renewal authority and an investigation into how to manage population growth in the coming decades.
It’s also a story about some younger-generation guys who believe in bringing a greater degree of commercial awareness, modern business practices and above all, customer handling and customer satisfaction to their building activities.
The company has been a successful family-run operation in Queensland with a stellar reputation for delivery quality projects since 1958, when it began offering its construction services as well as Beech wood-fired pizza ovens. The company decided to sell its successful wood-fired division eight months ago and it still operates under the name Beech Ovens through new owners.
Michael is the head of Varcon Constructions, a prominent builder of residential and commercial property based in Melbourne’s western suburbs. “We can’t complain,” he says. “We could always be doing better, but I believe we are well established and we always have work ahead of us to keep it all churning over.”
For Victoria based construction management company Stellar Constructions, style is just one of the many areas in which the company has always excelled.
Since 2009, the company has continually expanded, and has grown from two employees and an annual turnover of around three million dollars to ten employees today, with an annual income of almost seven million dollars.
A boilermaker with over three decades worth of first-hand experience, Joe Dwyer saw a need to create a company which could grow to serve the needs of a variety of industries, including mining and oil and gas. Today, the Western Australia-based business has expanded to provide a comprehensive range of first and second-tier services, products, and expertise to companies such as Rio Tinto, Leighton, BHP Billiton, Chevron, Woodside, and many others.
This background in construction and surveying was invaluable while building the business from scratch, he says. “[It] gave me a really good understanding in most aspects of civil construction.” Obtaining success also took persistence and dedication. “It is a passion of mine,” Dave explains. “It is something that I take personally because I have built it from the ground up.”