Urban Maintenance Systems was born on the 21st of September 1995. After the Kennett government introduced compulsory competitive tendering to Victorian local government departments, a lot of outsourced maintenance contracts were offered to the market.
The first contract UMS won was with the City of Greater Bendigo (signage and furniture maintenance), then, on the same day, the City of Greater Dandenong (graffiti management). UMS also won a job prior to the first Grand Prix in Melbourne, working for the track builder, Abigroup, removing 12 kilometres of fencing. These three contracts still proudly exist today, near 20 years on!
In 1998 Campbell Walker joined UMS bringing new skills and experience to a rapidly growing business. Campbell, who originally looked at UMS as an investment only, identified that due to the ever growing opportunities, a full time role in business development and customer relationships was a perfect fit.
Initially becoming UMS’s third shareholder, in October, 2014 Campbell became UMS’s sole shareholder. Campbell is excited about the future and keen to build on the success of the last 21 years.
Today UMS undertakes a huge array of public maintenance tasks: removing graffiti, keeping playgrounds safe, town halls, public toilets, road signs, shelters and the infrastructure in parks and gardens. UMS now has over 300 staff and operates from 14 locations across Australia.