A passion for our people and a passion for our community


Jody Saunders | Ground One Civil

Jody Saunders

My Name is Jody Saunders. I am a Co-Director of Ground One Civil along with my Indigenous daughter, Georgia. 

From a young age growing up on my parent’s bean farm situated inland from the far south coastal towns of NSW, I watched how my parents’ provided employment and support to local Aboriginals from our surrounding communities.  

My father would drive into town and pick up the local Aboriginals who didn’t have their own transport but wanted to pick beans on our farm. My father would then take them back home at the end of the day and repeat this every day when there was work for them. 

My parents had great relationships with the local Aboriginals in our region, and along with having my own Indigenous children at a young age, I have lived my life with co-operating and caring being normal practice.

I am passionate about Ground One Civil and the values it stands for, as these are my own core values, and my main focus is to use our company as a tool to help and support others being our number One focus, and to stay grounded as we grow and build together.

Georgia Manton

My name is Georgia Manton, and I am a Co-Director of Ground One Civil. I am a proud Indigenous woman from the far south coast of NSW, born on Yuin country and from the Dunghutti & Worimi tribes.

I have worked in the construction industry for a few years now. It was my time in Darwin that opened my eyes to seeing my fellow people never quite fitting into this industry that is all about the land. I empathise with my people of the struggles it takes to find work, as I have also been in that same position many times. I have had my own fair share of knock backs with only holding a few full-time jobs since the age of 17 while also trying to live out of home and make ends meet.

I appreciate my journey to go through the trials and tribulations that I did over all these years. During this time in finding my own way, I’m so grateful to be where I am today and how far I have truly come. I want to help my own people so that they can find stability and create a living of their own as well.  

Since then, it has been my passion to want to make Indigenous lives and their families better in some way. By providing people with training & education, income, and a role, I believe I can give people a reason to dream big.

With our passion for wanting to help and support Indigenous people & other diverse groups, combined with Jack’s experience & knowledge within the civil construction industry, we have come together to use Ground One Civil as a way of helping achieve our goals. 

Jack Halton

Jack has over 20 years’ experience in the civil construction industry, specifically the site supervision of reinforced concrete structures, tunnels and development projects.

Jack is a highly motivated superintendent with extensive experience.  He is accustomed to working within multidisciplinary teams and has a broad knowledge and understanding in a range of site based civil engineering design and construction activities. Jack has accumulated significant experience in site supervision, planning and progress monitoring and strive to achieve time, cost, quality, safety and environmental objectives.

Some of Jack’s key experiences includes: –

  • Site Supervision, in particular the construction of FRP structures.
  • Supervising subcontractors; including site investigations, earthworks, piling and ground improvement works.
  • Managing the delivery of heavy civil engineering schemes, ensuring they are delivered safely and to a high quality, on time, within budget and in accordance with the client’s specifications and procedures.
  • Experience in FRP Construction – Worked on various construction sites from colleges and Athletics villages to LNG, Bridges, and Tunnels.
  • Quality and Safety – Good attention to detail and I thrive on maintaining a high level of quality in work. Very safety focused and maintain a good practice of the IIF culture.
  • Planning and Organising – Able to work to specifications and plans and direct teams on scheduled workloads and priorities.
  • Teamwork – Ability to work well and get on with others, willing to give and take direction and ability to listen to constructive critism.

Greg Hall

Greg has worked in the civil construction industry for over 28 years and has been working closely with Tier 1 Australian companies for over 12 years in Australia, thereby understanding the requirements for working on large projects.

Greg has successfully overseen profitable companies and large workforce teams by encouraging all to bring their best efforts to the fore.  People thrive and flourish when they are given the opportunity to be who they are which brings out the best in all of us.

Greg has a wide range of experience from small to large projects; oil and gas to road and tunnel infrastructure across Australia.

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Toowoomba & Brisbane

New South Wales
Eden & Richmond Hills