Faces helping us go places
‘‘ We’ve had to deal with a lot of drunks and people throwing alcohol over the fence. You don’t expect it but I guess at 2.30am that’s the time you’re going to come across it.’’
Brendan O’Neill, Technique Tilers THESE are the 15 people behind the redevelopment of Flinders Central.
Many are unassuming workers, but what many of us may not realise is exactly how much has been involved since redevelopment started 12 months ago.
Project manager Danny Lynch moved to Townsville from Hervey Bay for this job.
What he didn’t realise was that it would be one of the most challenging jobs he would undertake.
‘‘ It has taken us a lot longer than we expected to remove the Police Beat. When we opened up the ground there was massive steel and concrete slabs underneath , which we didn’t anticipate,’’ Mr Lynch said.
Cyclone Yasi delayed work by two weeks after workers spent three days securing tools and machinery.
‘‘ I really didn’t think the job would be so demanding. You live and breathe it,’’ he said. ‘‘ You plan your day out and if you get one thing done in a day, you’re doing well.
‘‘ Our greatest achievement was when we opened up Denham to Stokes streets in December . People were finally getting to see what it looks like.’’
Mr Lynch said the $ 56.6 million redevelopment was a joint effort involving local, state and Federal Government funding.
Dan Olsen from Naturform said they found lots of fascinating material.
‘‘ We came across old bottles and old drainage lines from the 1850s . . . we have found all sorts of interesting things but no bones,’’ he said.
WATPAC project manager Michael Peterson said underground services t ook up about half of their job.
‘‘ One of the largest challenges was coordinating all the services with individuals’ needs.,’’ he said.
‘‘ The ice machine was running hot in summer. The challenge was going through the largest wet season in our history and to keep the project moving.’’
Brendan O’Neill from Technique Tilers on the Sunshine Coast said there was close to 8000sq m of tiles used in the redevelopment. A lot of the tiling was carried out at night because of the heat.
‘‘ We would wait half an hour to three-quarters-of-anhour before we made the decision to stop when it rained. If we tiled during the day the heat of the slab and stone and adhesive would cause failure of the job,’’ Mr O’Neill said.
Site supervisor Peter Astorquia said they tried to keep everyone happy.
‘ ‘ The promise of better things is all you have some days.’’
The final stages of Flinders Central are expected to open in late June.
“ It’s been the most stressful and diffi cult job I’ve worked on. There’s been a battle with existing services under the ground. No one knew they were there.’’
Danny Lynch, TCC project manager
“ This will be a city-changing piece of infrastructure. The old mall was an old part of an otherwise fantastic city. People were ashamed of and it will now be a catalyst for the best city in regional Australia.’’
Cr David Crisafulli “ We have gone through more than 900 workers since March last year doing everything from storm water drains, gas, concrete, paving, electrical structures, steel and glaziers.
Michael Peterson, Watpac project manager