In revamping a lakeside locale in Perth, BCL Group has relied greatly on its Hyundai excavators and wheel loaders, distributed through Porter Group
There couldn’t be more picturesque settings to work alongside than Lake Jualbup in Perth’s Shenton Park.
When Earthmovers & Excavators magazine visits, the recreational lake is at peak ‘prettiness’ with green shimmering waters and wildlife abounding. And Perth civil works and landscape specialist BCL Group, with the aid of its equipment from Porter Group, is working hard to keep the lake looking as enticing all year round.
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(BCL) managing director Greg Dingwall says its project for the City of Subiaco will help retain the lake’s water and ensure the area remains user friendly month in, month out.
“We really don’t get a lot of rainfall in Perth,” Greg says. “The lake usually only looks this full in winter but we broke the record for the most rain in December. Most years, in summer, the lake dries out.
“Summertime is when people need to utilise these areas – the recreational areas, sprawling parkland, playground and rotunda. Our work reconstructing the lake will also help to keep the wildlife here.”
(Greg knows a thing or two about the importance of water views – his restaurateur wife, Michelle, also runs the Quarterdeck Dining eatery, overlooking the Mandurah Ocean Marina.)
For the three-month project, BCL’s equipment from Porter Group – Australia’s fastest growing supplier of new and used equipment through equipment sales and rentals – has come to the fore.
“Currently onsite we’ve got a Hyundai 12.5-tonne crawler excavator – R125LCR9A,” Greg says. “We’re using that for a range of tasks, from demolition through to the installation of bund wall and clay liner.
“We’re removing the old lake wall, replacing half of it with a new wall, and creating an actual embankment,” he says. “We’ll then dewater the lake and put a clay liner 50m out, in the full boundary perimeter, so that the water can be retained. Then we’ll finish off with landscaping, including irrigation, footpaths and the like.
“We’ve been using a medium-sized Hyundai HL757-9 wheel loader as well,” Greg adds, “again for bulk earthworks, the transport of clay materials for the reconstruction of the lake, demolition, stripping, and the reinstatement of engineered soils.
“We will also be using our 21-tonne Hyundai R210LC-9 excavator, which does the same work – it’s just a bigger machine so it can do more. It’s got an open rake bucket, so if we demolish a section of wall, it’ll only take the concrete with it.”
Of the equipment, Greg says: “They’re powerful machines but you can operate them with finesse as well, especially the 21-tonner.
“You can change the settings depending on what work you’re doing, whether you need power or finesse,” he says. “The attachments on the equipment have helped us to do our job.”
One add-on from Porter which Greg has had installed on every piece of equipment is an auto-greaser.
“We paid extra at the start to have an auto-greaser fitted to these machines so it minimises daily maintenance,” Greg says. “The system reduces daily pre-start times; otherwise you’ve got to manually bleed in grease every day, basically.
“It has a cylinder and hoses that go to each point, and it self-greases. The machine operators can do it for 10 minutes in the morning, instead of it taking 40 minutes, and get on with doing their job.”
Also in BCL’s fleet from Porter is a Hyundai R35Z-9 mini excavator, and a Hyundai HL760-9 wheel loader with attachments including a jib, bucket and forks.
(Porter, which was established in New Zealand and distributes brands like Hyundai and Furukawa, has boasted the highest sales of new excavators and wheel loaders in the southern hemisphere since 2005.
“When it comes to loaders and excavators, Porter competes very well in the marketplace,” Greg says, adding that working with Porter Group, at a personal level, has also made life a breeze.
“Porter is a very professional organisation. They’re very helpful in regards to picking and selecting the machinery for what it can do.
“They’re a competitively priced organisation and they represent very good value for money,” he says.
“Their machines are very reliable, and if there is an issue, they’ll work with you to try to rectify it.
“Their aftersales service – for servicing and parts – is very good. We’re very, very happy with them.
“Porter has a branch here in Perth, so there’s that personal touch too,” he adds. “We can ring Levi there and easily get something fixed. They obviously care about your business.”
The BCL Group itself, based in WA’s Wangara, has been in operation for five years and employs about 28 full-time staff.
In other areas of recreation – beyond lakeside parks – it has become one of Western Australia’s leading contractors in constructing sports complexes.
The company recently redeveloped football club West Coast Eagles’ training ground Lathlain Precinct Oval, as well as designing and building four multipurpose FIFAstandard synthetic soccer fields in the Perth suburb of Ellenbrook – currently the biggest single FIFA-approved synthetic soccer project within the southern hemisphere.
BCL also worked on the Ray Finlayson Sporting Complex in outback Kalgoorlie, which now comprises four turf soccer fields, rugby union and rugby league fields, and a full-size WACA-spec cricket oval.
As well, the company specialises in foreshore and environmental works.
“We’re also currently working on the State Department of Parks and Wildlife’s new facility in Bunbury, moving all their regional buildings into one,” Greg says. “We’re doing all their infrastructure, foreshore works and car parks.”
With work going gangbusters for the company, you can bet that BCL Group’s equipment from Porter Group will continue to get a workout – and that it will be well up to the challenge.