Super Scania: Ea­monn Cum­mins’ in­no­va­tive am­bi­tions

Harry the Hook once helped fight fires around Can­berra. Soon the su­per­hero Scania will be avail­able for birth­day par­ties. Ea­monn Cum­mins tells Tamara Whitsed about his in­no­va­tive am­bi­tions

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Ea­monn Cum­mins re­fuses to ac­cept that chil­dren can no longer ex­pe­ri­ence the cap­ti­vat­ing world of trucks, fork­lifts and dig­gers.

“I think we can do it right and do it safe and min­imise [risk], and still give an ex­pe­ri­ence where it’s done in a con­trolled, safe en­vi­ron­ment,” says Ea­monn, who owns T7 Plant Hire at Al­tona, Vic­to­ria.

Grow­ing up in the early 1980s, Ea­monn reg­u­larly spent school hol­i­days on Mel­bourne con­struc­tion sites. “My fa­ther had a drainage busi­ness lay­ing pipes in very deep trenches and hard rock. They used to blast with gelig­nite. He’d have us driv­ing the ma­chines. You’d be locked up now for it.”

Ea­monn isn’t sug­gest­ing we should let kids run wild on con­struc­tion sites. His dream is to build ma­chines to give chil­dren a safe, ed­u­ca­tional and in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ence; and ul­ti­mately open a theme park where chil­dren can safely watch and in­ter­act with big rigs, con­struc­tion equip­ment and other ma­chines.

Last year he re­built a 1994 Scania 93M 250. He named the truck Hierony­mus – or Harry the Hook for short. And later this year Harry the Hook will be avail­able for birth­day par­ties.

Imag­ine the ex­cite­ment when chil­dren see

Harry the Hook ar­rive, car­ry­ing a gi­ant cus­tom­made gift box. They could watch Harry’s Hiab

There’s not an­other one like it in the world.

The Scania crew cab in its pre­vi­ous life as a trans­porter for fire fight­ers around the Can­berra re­gion

Above: Ea­monn Cum­mins and Harry the Hook

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