Chris Mitchell was raised on a farm in WA amongst the machinery and dirt, so it came as no surprise that he carved out a career in the earthmoving industry.

He worked across WA, the Northern Territory and Queensland, before finally settling in Cairns in 1982. Soon after, he purchased his first backhoe and Nordig was born. Chris’ son, Todd started his working life as a diesel fitter gaining valuable hands-on experience for 10 years before he joined Nordig in 2002.

Today, Todd is the company’s Managing Director and continues to maintain Nordig’s leading industry position by embracing innovation and technology along the way.

Todd & Chris Mitchell

Over the past 37 years we are proud to have been a part of so many iconic developments in the Far North Queensland region. Our expertise and knowledge is testament to our high standard of work and projects completed.

We’re here for the long haul

Over the past 37 years we are proud to have been a part of so many iconic developments in the Far North Queensland region. Our expertise and knowledge is testament to our high standard of work and projects completed.

Past projects from the region:

  • Hilton, Cairns Esplanade
  • AJ Hackett Bungy, Cairns
  • The Pier, Cairns
  • Cairns Corporate Towers
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre
  • Marina Mirage, Port Douglas

Recent projects from the region:

  • Mt Emerald Wind Farm, Mareeba
  • Barr St. Markets
  • Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal
  • Innisfail Water Treatment Plant
  • Redlynch Central
  • Shopping Centre
“I’ve been dealing with Nordig for years, and have always found them flexible, obliging, and good to work with. They have a broad range of earthmoving equipment, and a wealth of local knowledge, which often comes in handy. I appreciate their high standards, positive attitude, and their ability to think outside the box.”

Dan Martin, Senior Associate, Douglas Partners Pty Ltd


Our stringent training, policies and procedures have been developed over several decades experience in the industry. We take great care to ensure all our work practices comply with the relevant legislation, codes of practice and industry standards. Nordig provides ongoing professional training and development to all our team members to maintain the highest possible level of quality and compliance.



Our integrated managemnet system is compliant with:

  • AS 4801 Occupational Health and Safety Management System

Application in progress

  • AS/NZS ISO 9001 Quality Systems
  • AS/NZS ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

Professional Licences and Memberships

Nordig holds the following licences and memberships:

  • Class A Asbestos Removal, Licence No: 2319052
  • Class B Asbestos Removal, Licence No: 2318931
  • Demolition Licence No: 2319010
  • Contaminated Waste Transport Permit No: EA0001354
  • Nordig is a member of the CCF Civil  Contractors Federation


  1. NTI Yellow Cover, Policy Number 48061568
    Liability – $20,000,000
    (Demolition, Earthmoving & Excavation,  Hire & Rental)
  2. NTI Yellow Cover, Policy Number 48039844
    Plant & Equipment Cover – Including Road Risk Liability
    (Road Risk – Dangerous Goods Limit $1.250,000, Non Dangerous Goods $32,500,000, Plant, Equipment, Trucks – $1,791,740)
  3. Epsilon Underwriting Specialists, Policy Number
    Co-Insurers:  Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s – 75%
    Berkley Insurance Company t/as Berkley  Re Australia – 25%

Mornington Island

Asbestos removal and demolition in a remote area took place over the school holidays. Being a critical part of the project, our team worked furiously to get it done, ensuring builders had sufficient time to refurbish before the students returned to class.

Our remote asbestos removal works are our forte, ensuring a safer future without hazardous material in schools, the health industry and council run venues.

Water Tank Foundations

A challenging and skilful project that involved excavating more than 6m of earth on sloping terrain for a local government authority’s water storage tank.

The work was done in the wet season, with a natural watercourse running through the site. Ratherthan delay the project, we were able to create a temporary rocky drain to divert the water run-off away from the foundations.

Multi-Storey Foundations

For this project – the foundations of an 8-storey government building in Cairns – Nordig used highly specialised equipment capable of cutting oversized piles downto the required level to pour pile caps to support the foundations.

The use of the mechanised equipment, rather than doing the job manually, ensured we could deliver a faster and safer end result, than traditional piling methods.

Cruise Liner Terminal

Nordig was subcontracted by Hutchinson Builders to work on the iconic and Heritage listed, Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.

Over a 12-month period, we completed the preparation for the road works, curbing and edging, the pathways and gardens. The work included the excavation of the railway lines and sleepers originally used to transport cargo from the wharf, which were restored as part
of the construction project.

Shell Fuel Tank

Nordig delivered the complex civil works at the Shell Bulk Fuel Terminal in Cairns. The old fuel tank was retained but had to be enlarged to hold 6 million litres. The process involved jacking up the tank with 16 footings, allowing us to get underneath to excavate the old material. We then had to shape the new base to within 3mm across a 750m² area, working under highly regulated and safety-focused conditions.

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