Site manager on home turf

Welcome: Troy Rakecki is the site manager for the Stockland Wetherill Park shopping centre upgrade. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Welcome: Troy Rakecki is the site manager for the Stockland Wetherill Park shopping centre upgrade. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

MEET Troy Rakecki.

He is the site manager for the Stockland Wetherill Park shopping centre upgrade.

Mr Rakecki, who attended Prairiewood High School, has been working on the project since October.

He said he was excited to be the site manager of the project after spending years in high school walking through the shopping complex.

"It has been great to be able to work with Brookfield Multiplex on a number of exciting projects and in different positions," Mr Rakecki said.

"The opportunity to work on the Wetherill Park project is particularly important to me, as I have spent my whole life in this area and it feels great to be able to give something back to our local community."

Mr Rakecki said working close to home gave him the opportunity to see more of his family and friends, as well as old school teachers from Prairiewood High School.

The $222 million project will see the refurbishment of the existing shopping centre and another 15,000 square metres of retail space.

Mr Rakecki's role as site manager involves being responsible for the supervision of day to day activities, including directing trades and site supervisory of staff, materials handling, safety management and industrial relations.

Mr Rakecki, who grew up in Bossley Park, knew the importance of redeveloping the centre to cater for the community, which has grown over the past 20 years and was expected to reach nearly 50,000 people last year.

The 42-year-old has been working with Brookfield Multiplex since 1996.

He began his career as a carpenter on a Glebe residential project before becoming a general foreman on key projects, including King Street Wharf and Darling Island.

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