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
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.
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.
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.
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