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Gary Buck is a highly experienced global CIO. His first CIO role was 20 years ago when he was appointed to be the inaugural CIO appointee to the IT arm of BHP. This was the early days of outsourcing with BHP Information Technology having around 2000 employees delivering services to both its parent company and non-related entities. Subsequent to that Gary has had several CIO appointments in the mining industry which saw him with responsibilities in locations such as Mozambique, South Africa, Suriname, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, England and Australia. He was also the CIO of a very large global membership organisation. Between these roles he has also gained invaluable experience negotiating multi-million dollar global deals against industry heavyweights like Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, IBM, HP, Lenovo, Cisco, Telstra and France Telecom / Equant. Toss in to the mix some recent experience having totally responsibility for IT security for a global top 10 organisation and then assisting an Indian IT major to build a mining presence and you can see, he has a broad and fascinating background. Gary now lives in Melbourne Australia with his wife Sandy, as do his three adult sons. His siblings and parents are widely spread in Perth, Singapore and Hong Kong.

How will our temp driveway work??

I’ve had a few people ask for some info on our new Botanica Bridge – or more correctly called Jan’s Way. And we all know that it is Jan’s Way or the highway

There will be a boom gate towards the Bowen Lane end with a code of 2580.

As you can see from the diagram above, there is a ‘passing bay’.

Driveway – revised plan

Latest plan from CYP…


Just thought I’d just provide an update on the driveway arrangements.

We’ve now thankfully got some clear weather and we’ve reassessed the program to ensure that access is reinstated before the weekend.

  • Following dewatering and survey, today we’ll be focussing on the excavation of the remaining section and pouring the blinding layer.
  • Wednesday will see the installation of the decking itself. We’ve programmed in extended working hours for tomorrow to ensure we get through as much of the decking as possible
  • Thursday we’re looking at the installation of lighting, and decking baselayer/aphalting (Extended working hours have also been allowed for on Thursday)
  • Friday is allocated to fencing and final linemarking with the driveway reopening Friday.

Given the long weekend approaching, we’re also looking at putting in place traffic controllers while everyone gets used to the new driveway arrangements.

We’ll send out a note today about the possibility of extended working hours.

Bad news on Driveway

This message from CYP…

We’ve spoken to the construction team today about the works to construct the new Botanica driveway. Based on the current progress and the forecast of rain every day next week – it unfortunately means that the Botanica driveway is going to be closed for longer than anticipated.

While it’s difficult to determine progress, based on the forecast rain next week, our current estimation is that access will be reinstated at 5pm Saturday 8 June. 

Behind the scenes we’re making every effort to reopen the driveway sooner than this date if possible. Tomorrow (Sat 1 June) we’ll be extending our work hours to 6pm to work on the driveway.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this delay. The ACE Parking passes are still valid until 19 June.

If you have any further questions, please reply to this email or call us on 1800 105 105.

CYP at The Botanica on Wednesday

CYP will be in the lobby from around 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

They are there to explain, amongst other matters…

  • Why the world’s ugliest scaffolding must remain for another 3 months
  • Why the lower car park will be closed for an entire week
  • Alternative safe parking arrangements
  • Noise levels for impending works
  • How access to and from lower car park to St Kilda Rd will work longer term
  • Anything else you want to know

Please come along