Apr 19, 2017

Last lots in auction series to offload LNG construction gear

Last lots in auction series to offload LNG construction gear The central Queensland auctions have regularly drawn crowds of about 400.

The hammer will fall for the last time tomorrow (April 20) in what has been an 18-month series of dispersal auctions from the Bechtel Curtis Island construction projects.

By the time the final sales wrap up at Gracemere outside Rockhampton about 14,000 lots will have been sold, raising about $55 million.

Popular sale items from the LNG projects have included the 250-plus utes on offer, shipping containers and the ‘pot luck’ Knaack tool box sets.

Big ticket items such as water pumps and generators reaching the $300,000 mark have also been snapped up.

Hassalls began the auctions in September 2015 and general manager Steve Wall said the on-site sales at Gladstone and Gracemere had consistently pulled crowds of about 400 in addition to online interest.

There have been 14 traditional on-site auctions and 21 online auctions all up.

Thursday will be akin to the end of an era, with Mr Wall saying the process had been a lot of work but also fun for the regular buyers who had turned up to the central Queensland sales.

“It’s been a phenomenal success – it has certainly exceed the vendor’s expectations,” he said.

The auctions have also benefited community groups and charities along the way.

In November 2015 Hassalls held a charity auction with Bechtel on Curtis Island, selling gear to former project workers to raise $100,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

The regular auctions have also provided a venue for clubs and charities to raise money through catering takings.

Lots up for grabs tomorrow include a Mitsubishi FM fire and rescue truck, light towers, shipping containers, trailers, and a range of demountable buildings.

There are also Polytanks, piewarmers, a pallet of beach umbrellas and a portable toilet, among many more.

“Believe it or not we’ve had a huge amount of inquiries on that (the portable toilet) – I don’t know why, it’s just one of those random things,” Mr Wall said.

The final Gracemere auction was initially planned for April 5 but was postponed due to Cyclone Debbie.

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