Main Roads Western Australia is responsible for one of the largest and most spread-out state road networks in the world, covering 18,400km of highways and main roads across 2.5 million square kilometres, as well 30% of the state’s electrical assets including traffic signals, street lighting and more.
We’re proud not only to be helping Main Roads WA maintain this vital network, but also to be creating jobs and opportunities for local communities along the way.
In partnership with Johnson Controls – through a JV company called Venture Smart – we commenced work on the Statewide Electrical Infrastructure Services Contract in 2018.
Today, we’re handling planned and reactive maintenance for all Main Roads WA’s electrical assets across WA including street lighting, traffic signals, speed limit signs, help phones, CCTV, variable message signs, vehicle detection systems, fibre networks, bluetooth travel time units, bores and pumps, and warning signals. We also manage repairs to damaged assets, electrical upgrades and capital works where they’re required.
We manage assets from Broome through to Esperance and Kalgoorlie, including:
- 1000 traffic signal intersections
- 350 street lighting installations
- 3800 electronic school Zone Signs
- 482 roadside assist help phones
- 400 CCTV cameras
- 31 variable message signs
- 356 vehicle detection systems*
- 400 blue tooth travel time units
- 235,000m optic fibre network
*This data is gathered to provide travel time calculations, ramp signaling and incident detection
Our track record of service delivery, value proposition and strong stakeholder relationships were key factors in winning the contract.
But equally important was our commitment to making a positive economic and social impact for WA.
As part of the Venture Smart alliance, we’re creating new jobs in regions across the state through the development of local manufacturing capability for the assembly of traffic signal heads.
We’re also upskilling local subcontractors to win and perform more electrical capital works. This involves training smaller businesses in how to meet pre-qualification criteria for large contracts, how to fill out tender applications and what information they will need to provide in order to participate in this work on a larger scale than they currently are.
We’re also taking on apprentices to develop young engineering talent and our team is engaging closely with Indigenous communities to create opportunities for Aboriginal workers and suppliers.
Through all these activities, our long-term goal is to help develop a quality supply chain capable of supporting all aspects of electrical infrastructure design, installation and maintenance across WA.
In collaboration with Main Roads WA, we will leave a legacy of skills and opportunities for WA that extends beyond the life of any one project – and which everyone involved can be proud of.
Lance Picket is a third-year apprentice, working on his Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician. Dwin Rynski is in the first year of his apprenticeship undertaking the same certification.
Lance and Dwin are part of a team of more than 80 engineers, technicians, electricians, designers and administrators delivering services to Main Roads Western Australia through Ventia’s Statewide Electrical Infrastructure Services Contract.
Our target for the contract is to achieve 3% direct Aboriginal employment and source 5% of subcontracted services from Aboriginal businesses.
Dwin Rynski, Venture Smart
Lance Pickett, Venture Smart
Delivering value to a client with such a large area of responsibility requires insights born from long-term strategic relationships in the region, and the ability to deliver exceptional customer experiences and solutions. We win when our customers win.