Embark on an adventure with Szeto Yan Weng, environmental and sustainability coordinator of Gamuda Australia, as he shares his exciting experience living in Australia and working closely on one of our projects.
“From tendering for the Coffs Harbour Bypass in the cold calculative streets of North Sydney to enjoying the suns and winds of Park Beach, it still feels like a dream to me. Working on the Coffs Harbour Bypass team with Ferrovial and Gamuda Australia has been such an eye-opening experience. I’m proud to be working with a diverse group of talented engineers from Australia, Spain, Malaysia, Scotland, Brazil and Poland, all with the added feat of them being engineering geniuses in their own right. I’ve even been to one of my colleague’s farms!
Besides the team, this exciting project has all the workings of a successful legacy project. The project presents environmental and engineering challenges, but with a collaborative client and contractor team, we can make significant improvements for the City of Coffs Harbour (a.k.a. Garlambirla) and its surrounding communities.
Szeto Yan Weng and his wife, Low Kah Mun enjoy exploring the Royal National Park.
Beyond work, the project’s location is stunning, surrounded by natural beauty such as Park Beach and the nearby Great Dividing Range, offering numerous hiking and nature trails. Even an urban homebody like me has done several walks with my partner, such as the Urunga Boardwalk, the Muttonbird Island Trail, and the Look At Me Now Headland Walk.
Although typically, you will find me at the Peach and Wolf at Park Beach vacuuming a Cinnamon Scroll or a Sausage Roll (sometimes both), I’ve also enjoyed fresh produce like bananas from Cunninghams and even picked my own blueberries! Where else in Australia can you pick blueberries in the morning and enjoy fresh seafood from the Fisherman’s Co-op, just 10 minutes away?
Despite being told that Coffs Harbour might be dull compared to Sydney, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Friday Night Markets and community events such as the Coffs Harbour Buskers and Comedy Festival, Summersalt! I’ve even found a regular spot at the project’s Moonee Beach Hotel’s weekly trivia team (Let’s Go Quiz My Bypass)! Overall, living and working in Coffs Harbour has been an incredible experience. Whether you seek a relaxing coastal lifestyle or exciting job opportunities, Coffs Harbour has something to offer everyone except bubble tea enthusiasts.”