Work on our new $2.6 million kidzspace centre at Kangaroo Flat is underway. In this new blog we meet the Bendigo builders and sub-contractors using their expertise to make our dream a reality.

WHEN it comes to building the new innovative kidzspace Bendigo health and wellbeing centre, one local sub-contractor will be among the construction action from go to whoa.

“We were one of the first on site and will be among the last to leave,” says Bendigo Plant Hire director Adam Riley.

The earthmoving and equipment company is playing a big role in building a brighter future for local children, taking care of several steps throughout the six-month, $2.6 million project.

“We started off with the demolition works on site, removing trees and a shed, then went on to the site cut,” says Adam, explaining his role mostly covers the civil components of the job, as well as providing heavy machinery.

“We imported 300 cubic metres of clay from Maiden Gully to build the pad, then dug the footings through it.”

After a short break to allow other work to be completed, Bendigo Plant Hire also undertook storm water excavation, and underground hydraulic services.

They will return again towards the end of the build to construct the facility’s car park and driveway.

Bendigo Community Health Services is excited about the progress of its kidzspace centre, the first of its kind in regional Australia.

When opened in late 2016, it will provide a central hub for BCHS children’s and family services and aims to improve the health, education and overall life outcomes for local at-risk youngsters.

“I am well aware of the background to this project and I think it is fantastic,” says Adam of the plan to offer health practitioner and support services, as well as various other child-friendly programs, from the facility.

“Hopefully it will help streamline the processes there, by having everything under the one roof.

“And that will go a long way to making these services more accessible to families.”

Formerly known as KB Contractors, Bendigo Plant Hire is a family-run business started in 1984 by Adam’s father, Bill Riley. It has eight employees and is based in Myers Flat.