Family-owned contracting business Dowsing has grown from a footpaths business working primarily for local councils to a civil and construction business with 75 staff. The business was initially led by founder Carl Dowsing, while his wife Jacinta later became chief executive. They moved to non-executive positions in 2016. This has allowed their four sons, led by current executive director Bohdan, to take over management of the business.
The business has taken a counter-cyclical approach to growth, winning its first major contract in the Pilbara (in Newman) in 2015 and completing its first major mine site contract in 2017. 2016 contracts included construction of concrete crash barriers on Roe Highway for McConnell Dowell; and on Mitchell Freeway for CPB Contractors, using specialist slipform machines.