An Epic Partnership


A team of dedicated volunteers from Laing O’Rourke’s Sydney Rail Operations (SRO) and Hunter Valley Rail Operations (HVRO) have joined forces to deliver a much needed upgrade to an important community centre in Sydney’s Waterloo.

The Yurungai Learning Centre is an after school care program run by Barnardos Australia - one of the leading child protection charities in the country. The centre provides vital services to children in the local community with a focus on education and homework support.

The team kicked off 2016 by volunteering their time and effort to complete an upgrade of the Centre as part of Laing O’Rourke’s EPIC agenda, which ensures every project engages with local issues around the environment, people, industry and the community.

SRO Operations Manager Patrick Green thanked the volunteers for their efforts.

“Laing O’Rourke is committed to building strong and meaningful relationships in the local communities where we work,” Mr Green said.

“Over the last few years we have formed a lasting relationship with Barnardos Australia and I’m extremely proud of the work our team has delivered at the Yurungai Learning Centre.”

The following work was carried out at the centre:

  • Painted the main hall and two additional sections at the front of the centre
  • Replaced grip strip in stairwell
  • Rotated the sink in the cleaners cupboard and installed a new hose for easy access to the water supply
  • Removed and disposed of four old gas heaters
  • Removed a large broken mirror from one of the walls in the main hall

Laing O’Rourke EPIC Community Champion Christelle Imbert said the team was able carry out the upgrade because of the generous funding assistance from a number of the organisation’s subcontractors and suppliers including Metwest Engineering, ANRIC Developments and Coates Hire.

“It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of helping such a worthy organisation that provides vital support in the community for Australian children and families,” Ms Imbert said.