New life has been breathed into a Capella landmark with the refurbishment of the mine dragline bucket at the entrance to the Capella Industrial Park.
CQMS Razer, Gerada Engineering, SunCity Signs, and Central Highlands Regional Council joined forces to restore the EarthEaterTM dragline bucket. The project is part of CQMS Razer’s 40th anniversary year activities across the region.
John Barbagallo, CEO of CQMS Razer said the EarthEater dragline bucket was an important part of the Capella landscape because it represented the ongoing presence of the mining industry across the region.
“40 years ago, CQMS Razer began its story in Central Queensland.
“Thanks to the support of the local community, local government, mining operators, and our incredible staff, we have been able to grow into the global mining technology and productivity leaders we are today.
“Our company is proud to be able to bring this original EarthEater dragline bucket back to its former glory.
“We encourage local residents and tourists traveling through the region to stop by and check it out,” said Mr Barbagallo.
Visitors to the Capella landmark can share their photos with the bucket via social media to help promote the region and are encouraged to use the tags #Capellabucket #CR40yrs #CQMSRazer #CentralHighlandsQLD.
The EarthEater dragline bucket began its Bowen Basin open-cut coal mining life on 14 December 2001. A Marion 8050 dragline used the bucket to dig and move more than 83 million tonnes of overburden at the mine site. The dragline bucket weighs more than 41,000 tonnes and had a capacity of 46.4 cubic meters.
• Corner of the Gregory Highway and Cotherstone Road, Capella, 4723, Queensland
• Coordinates: 23°04’17.3″S 148°01’02.7″E
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