Two dozen Aboriginal students have toured the NorthConnex site as part of the Engineering Aid Australia Summer School program.

Transurban is a proud sponser of the Engineering Aid Australia charity, which supports Indigenous secondary students who have an interest in pursuing an engineering career. The Summer School brings students from across the country to Sydney to gain a greater understanding on what is involved in being an engineer.

Hornsby MP Matt Kean was on hand to welcome the students to the NorthConnex site. The group toured the Southern compound at Pennant Hills, inspecting the 40m deep tunnel shaft and watched the spoil being excavated from the tunnel.

Transurban Group General Manager Project Delivery and Operational Excellence Tony Adams said it was not just the students who benefitted from the visit.

“The work crews involved in the visit also got a lot out of it,” Mr Adams said.

“Many of the students are from remote parts of Australia and for some it’s their first time in Sydney – let alone visiting a major infrastructure construction site. It was wonderful to see the eyes popping out of their heads,” he said.

“Transurban employs dozens of engineers and we believe it’s important we play a role in fostering the next generation of road builders and tunnellers – that’s why we are delighted to support Engineering Aid Australia.

“Not ony are we building the missing link in Sydney’s road network, hopefully we can develop the links to enable these great Aboriginal kids realise their dreams of becoming an engineer,” Mr Adams said.

The NorthConnex Southern Compound is constructing the southern tunnel interchange which will provide a direct link between the M1 and M2 motorways. Seven out of the project’s 19 roadheaders will dig from the Southern Compound, excavating the 9km twin tunnels.

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