Gladstone student secures naming rights for Aurizon’s new $10 million crane at the Port of Gladstone
Crane set for arrival in the New Year.
Gladstone South State School student Kymani Ngametua (pictured) has secured naming rights for Aurizon’s new $10 million crane at the Port of Gladstone set for arrival in the New Year.
As Aurizon taps into continuing growth in Central Queensland with new investment at the Port, the Company ran a Name the Crane competition among local Gladstone schools. The crane will be forever known as ‘Skylar’, the winning entry from Kymani because the 72-metre-high crane “touches the sky”.
Local primary school students from Gladstone South State School and Central Gladstone State School (the two schools closest to Gladstone Port) had the opportunity to name the new mobile harbour crane, due to arrive in 2023.
The crane is a part of Aurizon’s investment into the Port of Gladstone to support the Company’s growth ambitions in bulk and general freight, diversifying its portfolio beyond coal infrastructure and transport.
The students were asked to colour a picture of the crane and come up with a name on the entry form. Aurizon received more than 230 entries.
For naming the winning entry, Kymani won a $100 voucher for herself and $1,000 for her school. In addition to these great prizes, the name will also be featured on the foot of the crane for everyone to see. The runner up from Gladstone Central State School also received a $50 voucher and chose the name ‘The Glad Goanna’ because the crane is ‘in Gladstone and Goanna’s are an Australian animal’.
Aurizon is Australia’s largest rail-based freight company with a strong presence in Gladstone and Central Queensland. Gladstone’s strategic geographic location and excellent port facilities makes it an ideal connection point for export and import markets. While coal exports have been a mainstay for the Port, there’s tremendous opportunities for other products to be shipped through Gladstone. .
(Pictured is prize-winner Kymani Ngametua with Chloe Baulch, Marketing and Bid Co-Ordinator, Aurizon Bulk)