A truck rollover on the Red Hill Valley Parkway shut down the Toronto-bound ramp to the Queen Elizabeth Parkway Monday afternoon.The truck appeared to be carrying scrap metal and spilled its load when it flipped over.Fire crews worked to clean up a large diesel spill on the roadway. No one was injured.Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said on Twitter that police are investigating if the truck was cut off.Truck rollover: #QEW Toronto bound ramp from the Red Hill Parkway. No injuries, #OPP investigating if it was cut off. No charges at this timeRamp to reopen at approx 6pm pic.twitter.com/qPQjOIPbIz— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) April 2, 2018The Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Transportation were called in to investigate.The ramp reopened around 6 p.m. Monday.Police say no charges have been laid at this time.
The Alice Springs-based Lhere Artepe Group has acquired 51% of the CDE Group, taking indigenous ownership of the Australian mining and civil works contracting group to 84%. CDE’s current activities include providing services to Fortescue Metals Group’s Christmas Creek iron ore mine in Western Australia through the Downer EDI contracting group, and to Xstrata for the McArthur River zinc mine in the Northern Territory.In acquiring a 51% investment, Lhere Artepe – which represents the Central Arrernte Traditional Owners of the Alice Springs region – joins the Rusca family which has 33% of CDE as the Aboriginal majority owners.Current civil works contracts held by CDE include work for the New Future Alliance as part of the $672 million Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP), a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory governments. CDE is also the lead contractor on the construction of two residential subdivisions comprising some 76 lots in the premium residential development of Mount Johns in Alice Springs, which includes sites for single dwelling, multiple dwelling and two townhouse-style developments, with 78 Units for LAE Nominees, the property development arm of the Lhere Artepe Group.Darryl Pearce of Lhere Artepe Group has been elected Chairman of the CDE Group and Phil Staveley has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Pearce said that Lhere Artepe looked forward to working with CDE and to broadening the company’s civil, equipment hire, and mining services contracts in the NT and other states and territories. “We are enthusiastic about our investment in CDE which has been at the forefront of indigenous ownership and employment in Australia for several years and has played a key role in bringing people from Aboriginal communities into the workforce,” Pearce said. “We are dedicated to continuing this policy at CDE which currently has a workforce of around 100 people, of which 75% are indigenous employees.”Staveley said CDE looked forward to a bright future with its new major shareholder and, where necessary, would continue to make further structural changes as part of a renewed focus to capitalise on new business opportunities. “The development of future business opportunities is the most critical aspect of fulfilling CDE’s growth potential. The approach which Lhere Artepe brings to the business – being focused on management, structure, and client satisfaction – fits well with the CDE model and will allow the company to refocus its energies into creating and nurturing future business opportunities for the company,” Staveley said. The Lhere Artepe Group consists of four entities with a diverse range of investments as part of its vision for a safer, tidier, culturally rich and sustainable Alice Springs. Last year, the corporation’s drive for local ownership resulted in the Group making investments in Alice Springs of more than $25 million, including the development of two residential subdivisions and the acquisition of three Alice Springs IGA Foodland stores at Northside, Eastside and Flynn Drive.The CDE Group evolved from a family civil works business established by the Rusca family in the 1970s and is regarded as one of Australia’s largest indigenous-owned contracting companies operating in civil works and mining. CDE was the 2008 winner of the national Contract Miner of the Year award which is presented each year as part of the Australian Mining Prospect Awards.