Up close with a monster
IT'S big, it's yellow, it tips the scales at more than 100 tonnes and wields a massive blade.
What's more, it is the largest and heaviest machine to ever enter Rockhampton Showgrounds.
And it's just one of the impressive mining monsters to feature in the two-day Central Queensland Transport Trades and Mining Expo, which opens at the showgrounds tomorrow.
The Dressta TD/40E earth mover arrived in the city on a low loader on Saturday with a police escort.
And it took a swarm of pilot vehicles to manoeuvre it into place.
Showgrounds grounds manager Jason Armstrong said that they had never had a vehicle anywhere near that size on the grounds and certainly nothing that heavy.
"This is a monster like nothing I've ever seen.
"This is really something and it sounds like a jumbo jet running when they kicked it over," he said.
"(It's) massive, a real jaw-dropper."
Event organisers had to do a quick rejig of some of the display areas.
They didn't want to risk the massive dozer being transported along some of the smaller internal roadways for fear of cracking the bitumen.
Australian Events director Bob Carroll said yesterday the two-day event was much needed in Rockhampton.
"I think the region should be proud of what they're part of, and it's (Rockhampton) really a hub for Central Queensland mining and development," Mr Carroll said.
"With more than 350 (Expo) sites, it is more than enough to make this an annual event."
The expo was designed to showcase the extraordinary opportunities that are developing as a result of the Central Queensland mining boom, even hosting a full seminar program and a dedicated pavilion for recruitment, training and career advice.
The giant dozer is part of an exhibition of earthmoving equipment by Terrequipe.