JCF Earthmoving and Demolitions are a local family business that's been around for about 20 years now.
Owned and operated by Jon Fitzgibbon and wife Vanessa, they've grown to include 13 team members and a wide variety of plant from a 1.7 tonne excavator to a 21 tonne example and loads more machinery to get all sorts of local jobs done.
They serve a wide region of the Southern Tablelands and into the Southern Highlands too, offering not just earthmoving services but also rural fence construction as well as the supply of gravel, sand and soil.
Earthmoving in an area such as ours includes things like dam construction, repair and maintenance (cleaning), a service of theirs currently in high demand.
"Dam repairs is a big thing at the moment," Jon said, as people look to take maximum advantage of the La Nina-driven wet conditions that we're currently experiencing.
Importantly, "there's an art to dam repair," Jon illustrates. "You've got to get them right." That includes everything from the techniques involved with operating the machinery through to the materials used, to ensure the water doesn't just rip its own causeway wide open again as it so desperately wants to do. It's only obeying gravity, after all.
Clearing land for various purposes is another thing that's common, whether it's a new paddock, or a building or shed site. Whatever it is, Jon says he and the team ensure each client has made council and Land Services aware of the intended project, so those are your first ports of call to ensure that nobody, least of all you, gets in any trouble for unauthorised works. Jon said an area of concern will be future erosion, so have that in mind when you start planning.
Road construction and repair is another service that emcompasses a deep level of knowledge and skill.
These can be private roads on properties, council-approved access or entryways, roads for new residential subdivisions in the region, or roadworks to help council and the NSW RMS get things done sooner with additional plant and drivers on site.
A substantial project you might have used, or at least seen, in the last couple of years was the redevelopment of the BP service centres on the highway. The JCF drivers spent plenty of time resculpting the site for its current use, including both new carparks.
Whatever the road is for, Jon pointed out that drainage is a crucial consideration. Drainage is also the first of many layers to be put down to ensure a road is suitable for traffic and will last through all kinds of weather.
If you'd like Jon to discuss your upcoming project with you call 0428 624 966. The website is currently (and appropriately) under construction but you can still follow them at facebook.com/JCF DemolitionEarthmoving/.