This time it really is the Dry; blue skies, and the bush fires have started already!
The enlarged image left (larger than normal) will give you some idea just how far
the sea wall has progressed compared with a similar image from January; click
The area of water, middle right, is now separated from Kitchener Bay, and will
form a protected lagoon, swimming beach and wave pool, that is not subject to tidal
The aerial photo left was lifted from the NT Government web site
about the Waterfront Development; our budget doesn't quite stretch to helicopters for
site photos! The expanded image shows clearly the enclosed area of water that will
become a swimming lagoon with a wave pool. The sea wall is creeping ever closer to the
dredge, which is just visible upper centre, close to the shore at the end of it's run.
Looking back from the shore, where our 45 tonne excavator is clearing the batter
for the rapidly approaching dredge to tie in, the dredge's cutter is clearly visible.
It is raised so that workers can clear the rocks that become jammed in the cutter
screen, as the the rocky shore, and any errant remnants of the demolished finger
wharf, turn the last few metres of dredging into a real pain!
With prospects improving in the civil field, we bit the bullet and
purchased the latest model Hitachi Excavator. It's a 470H-3, the first in Australia,
weighing in at a hefty 47 tonne and christened Mat; full specs here.
Mat's time at the Waterfront is limited, just a few weeks shakedown, then off to Mataranka
quarrying limestone for Northern Cement; this is an annual job to produce industrial lime
and will last 'til the rains come again.