LANDMARK RESTORED: The refurbished EarthEater again shines as a landmark of mining history in Capella.
LANDMARK RESTORED: The refurbished EarthEater again shines as a landmark of mining history in Capella. Contributed

Sprucing up a big landmark

A GLOBAL mining company has teamed up with other stakeholders to breath new life into a local landmark.

CQMS Razer, Gerada Engineering, SunCity Signs and Central Highlands Regional Council joined forces to refurbish the 'EarthEater' dragline bucket which stands at the entrance to the Capella Industrial Park.

The refurbishment in Capella comes just after releasing a 40 year anniversary mining bucket in Mackay a month ago by CQMS Razer.

John Barbagallo, CEO of CQMS Razer said the EarthEater dragline bucket was an important part of the Capella landscape representing the ongoing presence of the mining industry across the region.

"Forty years ago, CQMS Razer began its story in Central Queensland and with 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,” Mr Barbagallo said.

"We're proud to be able to bring this original EarthEaterTM dragline bucket back to its former glory and we encourage local residents and tourists travelling through the region to stop by and check it out.”

The motivation to undertake this project was again put the dragline bucket to forefront of Capella.

"Our CQMS Razer staff regularly travel through the region and noticed the dragline bucket on the side of the road,” Mr Barbagallo said.

"Although it had been painted a while ago, they saw an opportunity to refurbish it and make it a real landmark for the town again, helping to attract visitors to stop in Capella but also to acknowledge the ongoing role the town has in the resources industry."

CQMS Razer were fortunate to get approval from the relevant local stakeholders.

"The Central Highlands Regional Council was very supportive with the project,” Mr Barbagallo.

"We first sought approval from Capella Community Reference Group (CRG) and then gained approval from the Mayor and Councillors at a council meeting.

"We provided new artwork options for their consideration, but in the end we agreed on a design that paid respect to the original 2001 artwork."

The CQMS Razer EarthEaterTM dragline bucket began its Bowen Basin open cut coal mining life on 14 December 2001.

The bucket was used on a Marion 8050 dragline and during its life dug and moved 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 metres.