How to get a job at the Hunter Valley Train Support Facility Project

How to get a job at the Hunter Valley Train Support Facility Project

In the ‘How to get a start at …….’ series we are going to be running over Australian Mining and Construction projects all over the country.  In each post we will include an Overview of the project, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, the Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that will help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.  This will help you to stay in the loop and know how to skill up where needed.  The aim is to help you get yourself into the best position to land a start on the major sites and projects around Australia.


About the Hunter Valley Train Support Facility

From the Leighton Holdings website

Leighton Contractors Pty Limited has been awarded a $100 million contract to deliver a train support facility at Hexham in the NSW Hunter Valley for Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator.

The new facility will support operational management of Aurizon’s coal haulage fleet in the Hunter Valley and provide servicing, routine maintenance and provisioning of fuel, water and other supplies. The facility also includes shunting and temporary stabling areas which will alleviate local rail network capacity pressures.

The project involves construction of the train provisioning facility, a combined maintenance building, signalling and power infrastructure, 26 turnouts and 11km of plain line track works.

The train provisioning facility and associated track infrastructure is expected to be completed in late 2014. The combined maintenance facility and remaining track work is expected to be complete in March 2015.


Location Profile – Newcastle, Maitlands & Hunter

Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Maitland, Singleton, Lake Macquarie,  Barrington Tops, Dungog, Gloucester, Wine Country, Cessnock, Port Stephens, Kurri Kurri, Muswellbrook, Scone, Coal, Power Stations, Underground, Rail, Ports, Trail Riding, Moto x, 4×4, Surfing, Nightlife, Wineries, Rugby League, Soccer, Fishing, Beaches

Population: 644,279    (NSW gov)

NSW Government Hunter Region Link

Newcastle, Maitlands & Hunter Region – Rents as at Mar 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 200 – $ 500

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 220 – $ 700

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 300 – $ 800

Newcastle, Maitlands & Hunter Region – House Prices as at Mar 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 150,000 – $ 345,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 160,000 – $ 830,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 300,000 – $ 3.500,000

Climate data for Newcastle
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 41.4 40.9 39.0 36.8 28.5 26.1 26.3 29.9 34.4 36.7 41.0 42.0 42.0
Average high °C 25.6 25.4 24.7 22.8 20.0 17.5 16.7 18.0 20.2 22.1 23.5 24.9 21.8
Average low °C 19.2 19.3 18.3 15.3 12.0 9.7 8.4 9.2 11.4 14.0 16.1 18.0 14.2
Record low °C 12.0 10.3 11.1 7.4 4.7 3.0 1.8 3.3 5.0 6.5 7.2 11.0 1.8
Avg. Rainfall mm 88.1 107.7 119.6 116.0 117.3 117.1 94.6 73.7 72.9 73.3 70.7 81.0 1134.0
Avg. Rainy days 11.1 11.2 12.4 12.2 12.7 12.2 11.2 10.5 10.1 11.0 10.7 10.6 135.9


Companies Involved with the Hunter Valley Train Support Facility Project

Leighton Contractors Awarded a $100 million contract to deliver a train support facility at Hexham, NSW.
Click here to go through to Leighton Contractors website.

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Occupations Required at the Hunter Valley Train Support Facility Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
  • Cleaning Staff
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Metal Trades
  • Health & Safety


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Hunter Valley Train Support Facility Project


Interstate Licence Recognition

A helpful tool to finding out whether your trade qualification needs mutual recognition when working interstate.
Check out the Cribhut Daily post – Thinking about Working Interstate – Licence Recognition


Hunter Valley Train Support Facility Project Union Greenfields Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) is a collective industrial agreement between either an employer and a trade union acting on behalf of employees or an employer and employees acting for themselves.

 At this stage of the project no EBA’s can be found.  As we find the EBA’s them will be updated into this article.


Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.

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