Rusca in new joint venture with Georgiou
Indigenous contractor Rusca Group has joined forces with construction, infrastructure and property development company Georgiou Group.
The agreement will see the two family companies work across Australia in projects such as road works, bridges, resources work, water infrastructure and land-based marine work.
Georgiou’s Executive General Manager John Galvin said the joint venture brings together two strong companies that have both been in the construction game for more than 30 years.
Rusca director Robbie Rusca said Georgiou was a leader in the market in many fields and “provides beautiful opportunities to Indigenous people and have done so in the past before Rusca came on the scene.”
“The capabilities and passion of a company like Rusca Group partnering with Georgiou Group is a match made in heaven, not only for us but for the Aboriginal community,” Mr Rusca said.
“Bringing together the strengths of each company, the joint venture works across numerous sectors and disciplines.”
The relationship began in early 2015 when Mr Galvin established a mentoring relationship with Rusca Operations Manager Des Headland. During the course of discussions, the synergies between the two companies were clear and the desire to grow the relationship was mutual.
Senior management from the two companies came together and in July 2015 executed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU). After a strategy workshop, the two companies finalised their joint venture strategy in October 2015.
“The joint venture will leverage the expertise of both organisations, establishing a strong civil presence that opens up employment opportunities to Indigenous Australians across the country,” Mr Galvin said.
Georgiou Group provides the national resources and diverse capabilities across all facets of construction from building construction to the delivery of public infrastructure and land developments. Rusca Group brings its extensive remote civil and contracting expertise with strong Indigenous employment and training programs.
“Critical to the success of any partnership is to find a company that has values aligned to ours. From our first meeting in early 2015, the synergies between the two companies was quite unique,” Mr Galvin said.
“At the core of both of our businesses is a desire to make a difference, both in the communities in which we work and the lives of those who work with us.”
“We are extremely excited about this partnership and the new capabilities and opportunities it will provide.”
Rusca Group employees, 39 percent of whom are indigenous, are currently working on a number of Georgiou projects including the Reid Highway Duplication Project in the outer suburbs of Perth.