Smart Link Alliance proudly joined forces with First Nations construction business Mundine Gosh Management (MGM) Australia, to install Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) infrastructure, for Sydney’s Western Distributor Smart Motorway.

The Smart Link Alliance comprises Seymour Whyte, Ventia and Transport for NSW who are installing gantries and digital signs along the motorway, to allow traffic to move more easily, consistently, and safely.

MGM Australia was founded in 2016 to focus on the construction industry. The company aims to create opportunities for First Nations communities and give more Indigenous people meaningful employment to deliver infrastructure for their communities.

During Reconciliation Week, MGM Australia held a ‘toolbox talk’ with around 100 workers in attendance, sharing insights about the company purpose, vision, teamwork, and mental health resilience, with the aim to support and inspire the project team.

So far, seven Indigenous people, employed on the project, have contributed over a 1,000 hours of power cabling works. This has provided them with opportunities to use their skills, upskill, obtain licenses, and gain valuable experience on a project of this scale and significance.

The MGM Australia team working on the smart motorway project is local, aligning with MGM Australia’s commitment to “giving local work to local people.”

Since November 2023, nine kilometres of power cables have been hauled through new underground conduits and overhead cable trays connecting power supply to distribution boards and roadside cabinets for the upgraded smart motorway.

The cabling powers the ITS infrastructure to operate the variable speed signs and vehicle detection technology on the gantries. This infrastructure will help to monitor traffic conditions, manage congestion, and respond to incidents in real time.

Daen Connect, another Indigenous-owned company was subcontracted by MGM Australia. Daen Connect, an Accredited Service Provider (ASP), was also involved in the planning of seven sites to coordinate with Ausgrid’s power ‘cut overs’, which required specialist capability and compliance.

Both companies are carving their legacy and inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps. MGM Australia hopes their work on this project will help grow the demand for Indigenous businesses and that larger companies “engage in Indigenous-owned businesses on a daily basis” whether it be through employment, education, or training.

To find out more about MGM Australia, visit mgmaus.com

Smart Link Alliance is fostering stronger partnerships with Indigenous enterprises like MGM Australia and has committed to double the NSW Aboriginal Procurement Policy’s minimum budget spend of 1.5% with Indigenous businesses.

Smart Link Alliance Construction Manager, Lewis Browne highlights,

“The Alliance is committed to empowering First Nations communities by offering opportunities for training and upskilling. With MGM Australia’s support, young Indigenous workers have been integral in the delivery of this project”.