Russell's Humble Beginnings


Russell's Earthmoving was established in 1978 by Laidley Russell with one D4 bulldozer. From those humble beginnings the business grew to a fleet of six bulldozers, a scraper and various other items of plant. Laidley earned a highly respected reputation for his operating skills and had a particular ability when it came to building dams. Many farmers in the Bega Valley still to this day believe that they would not have survived numerous years of drought if not for a dam Laidley built.

For many years the business grew and downsized like most businesses do, but in the mid 1990s things drastically changed for the better. Russell's Earthmoving won a ten-year contract to conduct landfill operations at the Brou Landfill facility north of Narooma in the Eurobodalla Shire. This set the stage for another four landfill contracts in the Bega Valley Shire at Bermagui, Merimbula and Eden sites. These contracts lasted for seven years and were also being undertaken at the same time as the ten year deal at Brou.

The year was 1999, Laidley's son Leon first began to work the business with his father. Even before Leon could drive a car he could operate a bulldozer and from this his skills grew and with strong tuition from Laidley things were on the up and up.

In 2005 the business's landfill contracts expired. A decision was made to pursue RTA contracts. The business changed from Russell's Earthmoving to the company which now exists, Russell's Earthmoving & Civil P/L and at the tender age of 22 Leon was named as Manager.

With fresh management and a modern approach to the company Leon decided to purchase the company's first excavator for RTA projects. Slowly word spread that the company had changed and once again Russell's Earthmoving found themselves in a strong position. The RTA had faith in the company also, awarding several large projects to the company like the Longbeach Turnoff Safety Upgrade, the Broulee Truck Bay and the largest project in eight years for the RTA, the $2million Mad Mile Concrete Median Barrier Installation.

Once again the company grew, purchasing more equipment and expanding the fleet of machines and trucks in just a few short years. However the biggest decision in the company's history came in May 2012 when they decided to become the first earthmoving company on the south coast to purchase Trimble GPS Guidance for two of their machines, a 24 tonne excavator and a D6 bulldozer for the Bega Bypass.

In just nine years the company has gone from a one man operation to a multimillion dollar entity with strong work ethics, modern machines and technology that can complete any job from small subdivisions to large federally funded projects.

Russell's Earthmoving.
Confidence, Experience, Efficiency, Safety.