Queens­land Civil Con­struc­tion Field Day

The in­au­gu­ral Queens­land Civil Con­struc­tion Field Day brought to­gether some of Queens­land’s best equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers and rental com­pa­nies for a long-awaited chance to show off their wares. Ron Horner checked it out

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Queens­land has made a big step for­ward in de­vel­op­ing a State Civil and Con­struc­tion Field Day.

The Civil Con­trac­tors Fed­er­a­tion (CCF), with the as­sis­tance and sup­port of in­dus­try lead­ers, launched a new and ex­cit­ing ex­hi­bi­tion re­cently for the civil con­struc­tion in­dus­try, held at Pickles In­dus­trial Auc­tion site at Archer­field Bris­bane in March.

There has been a huge gap in the mar­ket for such an ex­hi­bi­tion and hope­fully this in­au­gu­ral Field Day is the begin­ning of some­thing much big­ger over the en­su­ing years.

CCF CEO David Long, vice pres­i­dent Peter Ken­dall, event or­gan­iser Ta­mara and the

CCF team have worked tire­lessly to pro­mote and launch the Field Day, which had over 40 ex­hibitors for the in­au­gu­ral event.

EX­HIBITORS

The Field Day site was filled to ca­pac­ity and was keenly sup­ported by the in­dus­try lead­ers and many smaller ex­hibitors, who went to great lengths to pro­mote their prod­ucts. Knowl­edge­able staff helped any­one re­quir­ing in­for­ma­tion on the prod­ucts and equip­ment on dis­play.

With the in­te­gra­tion of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy into the earth­mov­ing mar­ket, Field Days like this are ex­tremely im­por­tant and ben­e­fi­cial to all as­so­ci­ated with the in­dus­try. The “one-stop­shop” pro­vided by the ex­hibitors al­lows the pub­lic to view, dis­cuss, com­pare and at times demon­strate the equip­ment or prod­ucts on dis­play in the one cen­tralised area.

Not only pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion di­rected to­wards those in­volved within the in­dus­try, Field Days like this can create al­most a “cult fol­low­ing” where the gen­eral pub­lic can get up close and per­sonal with the “big boys’ toys”, which are al­ways seen and dreamed about but never ac­ces­si­ble.

Many a young bloke (and girl) has be­come an in­te­gral part of our beloved in­dus­try by fol­low­ing his or her child­hood dreams … and many of those dreams are cre­ated at events like this.

STAND OUT STANDS

HAST­INGS DEER­ING CATER­PIL­LAR One could not miss the first ma­jor stand in­side the gate where the guys had a great dis­play of a mul­ti­tude of gear but the one that caught my eye was the 140M grader … bril­liant.

KO­MATSU had a bit of ev­ery­thing on dis­play from load­ers to ex­ca­va­tors of all sizes and a mul­ti­tude of at­tach­ments. I just love its load­ers.

CJD/VOLVO Load­ers and ex­ca­va­tors, both large and small, but the thing that caught my eye was the A60H 60t ar­tic­u­lated AWD off high­way dumper. Volvo claims that it is sell­ing “quicker than a hot pie on a cold Lith­gow day” – from ex­pe­ri­ence I know that’s quick as they have all gone by smoko!

I hope to re­view it one day, so watch this space. An­other bit of gear was the SDLG loader made in China un­der li­cence from Volvo (Volvo has an 80 per cent share in this com­pany), pos­si­bly the sleeper hit of the show.

TUTT BRYANT Maybe the most com­plete “provider of ev­ery­thing” stand at the show. Fi­nance, Su­mit­omo and Yan­mar ex­ca­va­tors, Mustang skid steers, Bo­mag rollers and Kawasaki were all on dis­play. Tutt Bryant is a well-re­spected

Field Days like this are ex­tremely im­por­tant and ben­e­fi­cial to all as­so­ci­ated with the in­dus­try.

dis­trib­u­tor of many items of earth­mov­ing equip­ment Aus­tralia-wide.

OZ BUCK­ETS With a bucket or at­tach­ment for any ma­chine of any size from 1t to 200t and all colour coded/co-or­di­nated on the stand, every dis­trib­u­tor was recog­nised and cred­ited. A very well ar­ranged, planned and in­for­ma­tive stand – my pick of the day.

HITACHI A very well pre­sented stand, which cov­ered the bases re­ally well, in­cluded a lovely Zaxis 360LC ex­ca­va­tor (hope­ful of a test run re­view on this), the Bell (made in South Africa)

30t ar­tic­u­lated AWD dump truck and a beau­ti­ful Hitachi ZW370 loader. A cou­ple of years ago I test ran and re­viewed a 30t Hitachi (Bell) AWD Artic and it was a beauty.

ONE TRACK There hasn’t been a full range prod­uct sup­plier/man­u­fac­turer out of Europe for years and Hidromek has en­gaged One Track as the Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor (bar NSW and NT). One Track says its range is priced com­pet­i­tively, Euro­pean made and cov­ers a good spread of prod­ucts. Watch this space as we re­view some of the gear out of the Bris­bane yard in the near fu­ture.

ON SITE RENTAL This stand had a few

JCB items of equip­ment dis­played pro­mot­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the com­pany. A very neat JCB tele­han­dler front and cen­tre def­i­nitely stole the stand.

H20 FLOW HIRE/VITRAL CHEM­I­CALS An in­ter­est­ing stand and ex­tremely in­for­ma­tive dis­play of en­vi­ron­men­tal poly­mer prod­ucts di­rected at sed­i­ment con­trol, bank and road sta­bil­i­sa­tion, hy­dro-mulching prod­ucts, ca­pa­ble of cre­at­ing a site spe­cific prod­uct or agron­o­mist “phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal blend” for all sites, all con­di­tions and all clients.

MOODY KIDDELL AND PART­NERS The most re­spected fi­nance ex­perts in the game and has been around for years. I have had many suc­cess­ful deal­ings with Terry Moody (in an­other life and an­other wife) so I can speak from ex­pe­ri­ence. You owe me lunch now Terry!

The whole show could not be suc­cess­ful with­out ex­tremely im­por­tant and in­for­ma­tive ex­hibitors such as (and I give credit to you all): Panus Ocea­nia Pty Ltd, DD Group In­ter­na­tional, Earth­mov­ing Rentals Pty Ltd, Viadux/Reece

Civil, Mas­ter Hire, Na­tional Salary Pack­ag­ing/

Auto Ten­der, Ver­meer, BUSSQ Build­ing Su­per, EJ, Con­struc­tion Skills Queens­land, Tele­trac Nav­man, Do­herty Cou­plers and At­tach­ments, QLeave,

Busy at Work, Humes, Ad­vanced En­vi­ron­men­tal, Caldertech, Auto-Line and Sign, Na­tional Pump and En­ergy, Torque Power Diesel (Aus­tralia) Pty Ltd, Real Se­ri­ous Games, IPM Global, Civil Train QLD, SITECH Con­struc­tion Sys­tems and of course Pickle In­dus­trial whom gen­er­ously do­nated the use of the land for the in­au­gu­ral QLD Civil Con­struc­tion Field Days. My apolo­gies for those I may have missed.

WRAP UP

With over 40 ex­hibitors for the in­au­gu­ral Qld Civil Con­struc­tion Field Days, I must ad­mit it was suc­cess­ful to the point of it be­ing the first step in one of many to get the show to its true po­ten­tial.

Tim­ing is al­ways an im­por­tant is­sue and, with the Na­tional Field Days only a month away in Syd­ney, this could have played a

part in the num­bers but then again the site was fully booked, so there was no lack of in­ter­est from the in­dus­try. Cli­mate is al­ways an is­sue in Queens­land but spring or late win­ter (ish) may be a bit bet­ter suited and not clash with the Nationals.

Many of the ex­hibitors are Queens­lan­donly busi­nesses so this show has a huge po­ten­tial. Pub­lic num­bers may have been down ac­cord­ing to some how­ever with­out the sup­port and do­na­tions in time, dol­lars and the event or­gan­is­ing skills to run such a show it would still be in the “maybe next year stage” or “Too hard bas­ket”.

Ar­eas I think to be ad­dressed when mov­ing for­ward would be week­end show­ing, larger grassed ar­eas and pos­si­ble work­ing site for demon­stra­tions and live test­ing, mo­bile food out­lets, bar and drink area and fam­ily friendly at­mos­phere are all (I am sure) on the CCF’s agenda for the long term growth of this long awaited show.

Hats off to the or­gan­is­ers and ex­hibitors … a great first up ef­fort and I can’t wait to get to the next year’s Qld Civil and Con­struc­tion Field Days.

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3. Hast­ings Deer­ing Cat 140M grader 3

4 4. Vi­tal Chem­i­cals OZ Buck­ets

5. Hitachi Bell 30-tonne Artic Hitachi 370 loader 5

7. Ron Horner, Peter Ken­dall (CCF, QLD) and Ta­mara (CCF QLD event co-or­di­na­tor) 7

6. H2O Flow Hire site 6

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