John Sydney-Smith


John, together with Steve Archer, started Geographe Civil Pty Ltd with a vision to offer local experience and expertise to clients and a “place we would like to work” for employees. A qualified surveyor, John has spent his working life in and around Bunbury, with his commercial services having been utilised throughout the Southwest. Building his reputation and comprehensive surveying knowledge, John has gained a broader experience across the civil contracting industry by working on some significant projects across Western Australia and the Northern Territory including:

  • Infill sewer works
  • Portable water mains
  • Sub divisions
  • Mining haul roads

These contracts ranged in value from $1.1m to $3.2m. Since 2003 John has established and maintained successful working relationships with key stakeholders and many more smaller private clients.


  • Diploma in Surveying

Key Attributes

John has in excess of 25 years’ experience in the civil construction industry from his start as a cadet surveyor through to Project Manager and Contract Manager. In his role as Director, John is responsible for assisting the project team and company in the development and implementation of the business systems which in turn contribute to delivering the project to the client’s requirements.

During the project construction phase, John is responsible for overall company performance. He is backed by extensive practical experience and a proven history of on time, on budget and high quality project completion.

Projects being managed and works carried out require clear communication and an excellent awareness of health and safety requirements, this combined with productivity and environmental measures relating to emergency connection type works (fault diagnosis and repair) and asset service are of great importance.

John has taken the lead in development and constant sourcing of Geographe Civil company opportunities and future works to ensure provision of employment and sufficient growth whilst maintaining a quality product and service.