NEW PROJECT | Thomas Embling Hospital Expansion – Stage Two


Thomas Embling Hospital Expansion - Stage Two

Thomas Embling Hospital is a secure forensic mental health hospital, providing care and treatment for people living with a serious mental illness in, or at risk of entering, the justice system. With significant growth in forensic patients and increasing demand for mental health beds in the justice system, the stage two expansion will ensure that Victorians most at risk can access mental health services in a secure, contemporary, and recovery-focused environment.

Construction on stages one and two are underway and main works are due for completion in 2024. This John Holland project responds to key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

Ben Dowsett announced the project win by ringing the bell at VIC HQ. Ben is currently studying Construction Management at RMIT and assists our Estimating Department as part of the CDPG Graduate Program.

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Health and Safety awards


Shout out to two of CDPG’s experienced plumbers Mick Berry and Matthew O’Brien who were recently presented awards for their ongoing leadership and commitment to work place health and safety.

The gents have been coordinating deep excavation works at the McKellar Centre in Geelong reinforcing CDPG’s safety first principles.



In recognition of #NAIDOC Week and in celebration of this year’s theme Heal Country! we wish to acknowledge the sacrifices made by Gunditjmara servicemen and women recently recognised on a water tower at Heywood, Victoria. The new Indigenous war memorial which forms part of the Australian Silo Art Trail includes images of Ricky Morris’ (Pathway Plumbing Service) grandfather and great uncles who served for the Gunditjmara mob.


Indigenous Apprentices

The CDPG and Pathway Plumbing Service partnership


The Cooke & Dowsett Plumbing Group (CDPG) team together with 100% Indigenous owned partners Pathway Plumbing Services are proud to announce we have been successful in securing the Chelsea Train Station Upgrade which forms part of the State Governments Level Crossing Removal Project for client Acciona Coleman Rail JV. The new Chelsea Train Station is designed to enhance connections around the area.

The CDPG and Pathway Plumbing Service partnership has seen the recent employment of three indigenous apprentice plumbers who will each benefit from the training and mentoring that this partnership provides.

Pictured from left CDPG Director Scott Dowsett, Apprentice Dylan Brown and Djuran Lovett, Kaelun Brown (Pathway Plumbing Service), Apprentice Keith Morgan, CDPG General Manager Matt Quick and Ricky Morris (Pathway Plumbing Service).