DM Roads secures $40 million Roads and Drainage Asset Maintenance Contract from Melton City Council

DM Roads has been awarded a major Roads and Drainage Asset Maintenance Contract with Melton City Council for the next six years.

The contract is worth $7 million per annum and will officially commence on 1st July 2022.

DM Roads will provide maintenance of unsealed and sealed roads, paths, bridges and major culverts, kerb and channel, signage and drainage and Lake Caroline within the City of Melton area of over 528km2. The DM Roads team will maximise the value of City of Melton’s assets and support the sustainability of its communities.

As part of Downer Group, DM Roads is committed to carbon neutrality and will reduce emissions by 25% over the duration of the contract. To support its ambitious targets, DM Roads will introduce its first ever electric truck which will be used as a rapid response vehicle for the contract.  

For the City of Melton, DM Roads will partner with Melton Recycling Facility to provide a detritus processing solution that recycles at least 80% of waste from the contract and diverts it from landfill into valuable products and materials by processing street sweepings, gully waste, glass fines and non-destructive digging waste.

Contract Manager Dinaksha Hemachandra said DM Roads also recognises the importance of increasing local jobs and supporting the local economy within the City of Melton.

“We will directly employ over 97% of the workforce dedicated to this contract, with at least 80% of DM Roads employees recruited from the City of Melton area, increasing our total number of employees living in the locality to around 180.”

“As with many of our other contracts in Victoria, it will directly support local suppliers and this contract will prioritise meaningful and sustainable opportunities for social enterprises and indigenous businesses in Melton,” Dinaksha added.

DM Roads is proud to have developed the MyCityMyJob program in conjunction with Good Cycles, the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) and Kirrip House to provide vulnerable young people in the City of Melton with a pathway to meaningful ongoing employment, targeting the participation of 25-30 local residents for the duration of the contract.

Commenting on the program, DM Roads Service Manager for Victoria Chris Godsil said, “As an industry leader in social procurement, we have built this model into our service contract for the City of Melton to directly support local communities and deliver enduring social and economic benefits for program participants.”