7 December 2016
| News

Second Range Crossing using locally owned, world leading plant technology


Local contractor Ostwald Bros is using Australian first technology to deliver excavation works on the western work front of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) project.

The Dalby-based mining and infrastructure services business is using the first Caterpillar 637K scrapers and 825K soil compactor in the country.

Nexus Chief Executive Officer John Hagan said the project team is excited to be working with a contractor from the greater Toowoomba region to deliver works which will enhance connectivity for the Western Downs and beyond.

“Ostwald Bros is currently stripping topsoil to create an even surface for the road alignment and in preparation for Toowoomba-Cecil Plans Road interchange earthworks, which will ultimately create the western access point for the TSRC,” Mr Hagan said.

“Their commitment to innovation and upgraded plant fleet is helping improve our project site efficiency, productivity and safety as we work to deliver the TSRC.”

Ostwald Bros Executive General Manager Matthew Ostwald, who lives on the Darling Downs, purchased the first customer-owned 637K machines in the world.

“The 637K scraper and 825K compactor are designed to be safer and more efficient than their predecessors, with lower fuel burn, reduced emissions, and greater functionality to deliver increased productivity and improved safety performance,” Mr Ostwald said.

“We’re pleased to be able to mobilise these machines to help deliver this important regional infrastructure project.

“And, as a locally based company, it’s great for our crew to be working so close to home, so they can be home with their families every night.”

The TSRC project is a significant contributor in developing the region’s economy, employment and supply chain opportunities, as well as training and skills development.

“During the project’s three-year design and construction phase, we’re committed to sourcing more than 76% of goods and services from suppliers and subcontractors in the greater Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley region,” Mr Hagan said.

“This includes the Ipswich, Southern Downs, Western Downs, South Burnett, Goondiwindi and Maranoa local government areas.”

The 41km TSRC is the centrepiece of major economic development taking place in south-western Queensland, providing a greater connection between the Toowoomba region and Brisbane, and connecting freight to major ports and markets.