IPWEA directors said, "Of the councils represented, 21 New South Wales councils sent 10 or more delegates, and only six councils had a single delegate. This level of support from councils has confirmed the importance of CivEnEx as a highly relevant forum for evaluating new equipment, processes and technologies for infrastructure works.
"It was particularly pleasing to note that the 100 per cent attendance from the Central West, Hunter and Illawarra councils, while good attendance from the polls on councils, boosted the local government representation. The presence of five councils from Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania, as well as two representatives from the ACT government authorities demonstrated the broad appeal of the event.
"It was also great to see people from the Water Authorities - Mid Coast Water, Sydney Water and Riverina City Council. The attendance of energy authorities - Ausgrid, Endeavour, Essential, Transgrid and Eraring was also welcome.
"Strong attendance from State Government Departments included Education, RMS, NPWS, Dept of Trade and Investment, Fire & Rescue NSW, as well as the Australian army," they said.
Demonstrations attract CivEnEx visitors
The return of the equipment demonstrations to the main exhibit area at CivEnEx 2012 was a big hit with visitors. Throughout the two days of the Expo, people were treated to earthmoving experts putting a range of equipment through its paces. The Terex PT-50 and PT-100G Posi-Track loaders were tested by Shaun Clayton, while Andrew Matheson showed off the latest gear from Sydney Truck and Machinery.
Hitachi's ZX35U-3 (3.5tonne) excavator, John Deere 319D and 320D skid steer loaders were put through their paces by Michael Hosking, and Graham Pullar showed what a Dingo tracked K95 and K93Y wheeled mini-loader could produce.
JCB Construction Equipment Australia took the opportunity to demonstrate its JCB8065 mini excavator and the JCB 3CX backhoe, both expertly operated by Phil Withell. Meanwhile, Dean Cavanagh took the Case skid steer equipped with a four- in- one bucket for a run on the slopes, and Chris Golding showed off a tilt truck from Tiltip.
The newly released Terex TLB 840 backhoe loader from Semco showed what the latest backhoe technology can deliver, while James Fitzpatrick demonstrated the Euromach 3.5 tonne excavator. Other equipment to feature on the demo site included a Kubota U55-4 excavator operated by Bruce Pennells.