New hospital brings wealth of opportunity

PROUD: Matt Fishley from Big Hill Cranes. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

PROUD: Matt Fishley from Big Hill Cranes. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

The Bendigo Advertiser is continuing to publish a series of profiles on some of the people helping to build the new Bendigo Hospital.

PLAYING a part in the new Bendigo Hospital project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, says Matt Fishley.

The Big Hill Cranes managing director said it was good to see Bendigo companies represented on the building site.

"We do all the mobile crane hire there," he said.

"So we've erected the tower cranes, all four of them, with our 220-tonne mobile crane.

"We're doing pretty much anything to do with engineering or mobile crane hire, so we're on site most days.

"We're also involved with a lot of the pre-cast direction - all the panels that go in with the power cranes.

"It is a big job in a sense, but the way we work is in the planning.

"If it's well planned, then it comes together well."

There were fears when the multi-million-dollar project was first announced that Bendigo companies would be locked out of the project.

But that's not the case, says Mr Fishley.

"We're a Bendigo company and I know quite a few other Bendigo companies that are working in there," he said.

"It's been great.

"It's one of these chances that doesn't come along too often, a once-in-a-lifetime sort of chance as far as projects go, and just the magnitude and the way everything is coming together.

"It's really good to be involved in something so big."

Mr Fishley said the project would be good for the company's resume and would help when applying for future tenders.

"Just being able to provide systems and procedures, it's been great for us," he said.

"It's funny because I worked on the Bendigo Bank job and when we did that, no-one ever thought there would be another tower crane in town and the next minute there was four of them."

Mr Fishley is proud to be bringing up his young family in his home town.

Keep an eye on the Bendigo Advertiser's Hospital HQ page atwww.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/hospitalhq/ for the next hospital profile.

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