National consultancy firm Fyfe will open its first NSW office outside Sydney, after Muswellbrook surveying company Boardman Peasley became part of the group last week.
The agreement will lead to an expansion of services, according to Boardman Peasley director Ross Peasley.
He said his business, established in Muswellbrook in 1987, had been investigating ways to expand.
“We came to the conclusion that the best way to achieve this was by joining forces with a national firm that could offer the capabilities we don’t have, such as hydrographic surveys, engineering and urban planning,” Mr Peasley said.
“It also provides us with the resources required to deliver these services.”
Adelaide-based Fyfe’s operations include engineering, planning, environmental and infrastructure services, as well as civil engineering, land development and town planning.
Fyfe’s managing director Mark Dayman said Boardman Peasley provided the company with greater access to the mining sector, as well as an office in the Upper Hunter.
“Importantly, Muswellbrook is within a two-hour radius of any potential coal seam gas activity in NSW,” Mr Dayman said.
“Coal seam gas operations have been an important area of growth for Fyfe, especially in Queensland, and this agreement positions us well for when development moves into NSW.”
Muswellbrook Shire mayor Martin Rush said the likelihood that the acquisition would result in more surveyors and civil engineers was a great vote of confidence in the Muswellbrook community and economy.
“It is also a tribute to the way Ross has built his business,” Cr Rush said.
All Boardman Peasley staff were offered continued employment with Fyfe.
Fyfe has around 500 employees and turnover approaching $80 million.