On Tuesday 19 July 2016, the NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, officially opened 4Tel’s new headquarters in Newcastle, NSW.
The purpose-built $2M, 748m2, state-of-the-art Information Technology facility will be the base for 4Tel’s transport technology research and development team.
Mr Constance was also taken on a tour of the John Holland Rail Country Regional Network Management Centre where 4Tel designed and commissioned all the electronic control systems. 4Tel will provide the 24 hour technical support to this facility until June 2021, which shows the long term jobs potential of highly skilled support services.
The Minister said it’s great to see world-class innovative work being produced out of Newcastle.
“Earlier this year, we kicked off our Future Transport program, which is all about pushing the boundaries in technology and innovation, so it’s great to see 4Tel’s new facility here in Newcastle which aims to do exactly that,” Mr Constance said.
“For too long, NSW has lagged behind the world when it comes to transport innovation – but that’s changing. Here is a world class innovation centre that will create new export opportunities and highly skilled jobs in Newcastle.
“4Tel's contribution to the local and State economy is exactly what the NSW Government is encouraging and wants to see happening.”
4Tel’s Managing Director, Derel Wust, is delighted with the Minister’s response to the site tour.
Wust said, “The Fort as we like to call it, is 15 years in the making. To have the Minister acknowledge our contribution to the local community and wider NSW economy as a family run business, and to the greater rail industry, is just fantastic.”
"I would also thank the NSW Government for its use of our work and ideas in addressing its service delivery needs. It is extremely hard for smaller innovation businesses to engage with Government to develop specialised Intellectual Property for wider commercial application. The Government's industry commercialisation policies give us the opportunity to take our work that they have paid for, and then take on the wide risk of chasing down business opportunities. “
4Tel has been building train control, passenger information and complex tracking systems since 2001. The 4Tel Headquarters building features:
- A 748m2 building that will fit up to 60 highly-skilled and well-paid jobs
- Research, testing and development labs
- Software engineering labs
- Secure deeper level 24 hour technical support to customers
- An inclusive workspace for persons with disabilities
- Street art from Australian artist Sofles
- An edible garden featuring fruit trees, vegetables and herbs, and nectar flowering trees for the local birdlife.