Victoria's capital city has seen extraordinary levels of population growth over recent years. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of residents in greater Melbourne increased 2.2 per cent between 2013 and 2014.
As such, the region is now home to at least 4.4 million people - fast catching up to greater Sydney. In fact, based on a June 2015 media statement, Melbourne could overtake Sydney and become Australia's largest city as early as 2056.
With this type of data in mind, the Victorian government and associated Melbourne councils are investing heavily in the future. A great example of this is the planned multi-billion dollar Melbourne Metro Rail which is set to go to tender this week (November 24), with early work construction set to begin in 2016.
Able to transport an additional 20,000 passengers through Melbourne, the metro rail is expected to revolutionise the city's network into a truly world-class facility. It will include five new train stations as well as two nine-kilometre tunnels.
Preparing for the future
The Melbourne Metro Rail will be an extremely complex project which means that early work construction will be an important part of the journey. According to the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, construction and engineering professionals will be busy moving and protecting key services such as water, sewer, gas, telecommunications and stormwater pipes.
"These early works will set up key sites for major construction in 2018, so we can deliver Melbourne Metro Rail as soon as possible."
Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan explained the importance of this project to Melbourne.
"These early works will set up key sites for major construction in 2018, so we can deliver Melbourne Metro Rail as soon as possible," she said.
"The Melbourne Metro cross-city rail tunnel will deliver the high-capacity, high-frequency metro system Melbourne needs, and lays the foundation for future growth of our train network."
Potential for jobs?
With the tender yet to be awarded, the actual number of jobs created through the Melbourne Metro Rail project is uncertain at this stage. However, on the surface, this should be a major boost for the region's construction, engineering, project management and labour professionals.
Whether the role involved with the early construction works or the start of the project in 2018, the work could be substantial. As such, it is important that candidates indicate their interest with a recruitment agency such as Design & Construct.
With years of experience in these fields, we can ensure you are informed of new infrastructure roles as soon as they are created.
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