Dunstans is a privately owned construction business based in Wangaratta, Victoria since 1950.

With a pioneering spirit George Dunstan went into business with his son Ray. They bought their first piece of plant, a 1945 Ford truck, and set out to facilitate the booming timber industry by transporting and milling red gum. Four years later in 1955, the Dunstans built their own red gum sawmill and began to supply infrastructure projects.

One year later, the father and son team purchased a Caterpillar D6 8U bulldozer which would see the company expand into other areas like earthmoving.

In the early 1990’s Ray’s son Murray took on the business and was instrumental in growing Dunstans into what it is today.

In 2019, the Perth based CFC Group acquired a stake in Dunstans. The CFC Group is one of Western Australia’s largest privately owned businesses and their input means that Dunstans continues to be a leading national contractor.

Pictured below is founder Ray Dunstan who still shares an active interest following the business he helped to create.
Throughout the company’s changes, growth and expansion, Dunstans has remained true to the RIPPA values and pioneering spirit of its foundation.
History quick facts

Dunstans Wangaratta Incorporated By George Dunstan (father) and Ray Dunstan (son).


Dunstans built their own sawmill in Newman Street, Wangaratta, Victoria.


Dunstans purchased a Caterpillar D6 Bull Dozer.


Dunstans were awarded a 7 year contract with the Northern Riverina County Council to clear overhanging trees on HV power line easements.


Dunstans began working for Telstra with the relationship spanning 25 years, installing Fibre Optic Cable Australia wide.

1990 – 1995

Murray Dunstan became Director and acquired the business from his parents.


Dunstans became truly national, constructing a 400km fibre optic cable contract for the Telfer Gold Mine WA.


Dunstans expanded their capabilities offering horizontal directional drilling services.


Dunstans constructed Australia’s first successful mine site Horizontal Directional Dewatering Well in iron ore.


Perth based the CFC Group acquired a stake in Dunstans.


Dunstans awarded the East Grampians Rural Pipeline project.