About Us

Aldebaran Contracting is a civil construction company located at Manton 60kms from Darwin and has been operating since March 2008. Ken Skewes as CEO leads a dynamic experienced team of earthmovers.

Aldebaran Contracting specialise in sophisticated Civil Construction Projects using the latest in Earthmoving Technology and are fully equipped for the rugged terrain of the Northern Territory and the harsh outback conditions. We service all areas throughout the Northern Territory, including Top End Islands and offer quality services to Governments and Private Enterprise.

Aldebaran Contracting is committed to the principles and applications of Occupational Health Safety and Welfare, Environmental Protection, Risk Management and Quality Assurance. These principles are coordinated and managed within an Integrated Management System.

Our First Responsibility to Safety is Training”

Aldebaran pay close attention to the training requirements for our Operators, ensuring they all hold the relevant Competencies / Licences and that these Competencies are verified by an on the job assessment.

Aldebaran Contracting holds Australian Government Building and Construction WHS Accreditation, allowing us to tender on Australian Government tenders with a value over $4 million.

Aldebaran Contracting is accredited with Contractor Accreditation Limited (CAL) up to $25 million.

Aldebaran Contracting strives for excellence in all aspects of our operations, ensuring our client’s expectations are exceeded and that we provide our clients with innovative, reliable and cost effective solutions.

Aldebaran Contracting is an active member of our community with our team being engaged on several industry boards across the Northern Territory:

  • Extractives Industry of the Northern Territory: Bill Skewes is the joint President
  • NT Road Transport Association: Bede Skewes is a current Board member
  • Manton Bush Fire Brigade: Bede Skewes is the Captain
  • Humpty Doo Golf Club: Ken Skewes is the President and Thomas Skewes is on the Committee

Aldebaran has a strong commitment to our local community supporting the Manton Bush Fire Brigade and Darwin Show on an annual basis for many years. When working across the Territory we are strong supporters of local business and community activities and pride ourselves on buying locally.


Aldebaran believe that safety is not implemented through paperwork and procedures it is the training and investment in staff that creates a safe environment.

Well trained staff are safe staff.

This has been constant through Founder Danny Skewes’ belief that if we train our staff correctly they will be safe staff into the future.

Aldebaran hold Federal Safety Accreditation as part of our push to be a leader in the industry for safety. Aldebaran’s HSE Manager works on continuous improvement of our Integrated Management System.


Is at the core of Aldebaran Contracting’s business. Our Integrated Management System is based on ISO 9001 and we strive to meet and exceed these standards daily. If you are interested in having your project delivered on time and on budget contact us as delivering Quality is the foundation of our business.


Aldebaran Contracting strives to have a minimal impact on the environment whilst conducting our operations. We have integrated ISO 14001 into our management system and strive to meet and exceed this standard. Aldebaran’s CEO Ken Skewes constantly looks at new initiatives or alternatives to standard practices. This thirst for knowledge has led Aldebaran Contracting to seek ways to have a positive impact on the environment rather than just harm minimisation.