Following the successful mobilisation of the BHP Olympic Dam project, upgrades to the new Port Augusta depot are well underway.

Workshop Manager Andrew Bowey worked at Ceduna for five years before making the move five hours east to Port Augusta.

“Kalari is developing the block next door to our existing staging yard, with the intention of utilising its fuel station, truck wash and workshop onsite,” Andrew said.

With permits now in place, the alterations to the existing building are in full swing with the building being extended in order to accommodate the 36.5 metre combinations that are employed on the BHP task. Upgrades are taking place to the service pit to incorporate hand rails and various other safety features that are common to all Kalari workshops.

When completed, the workshop will be responsible for the maintaining of up to 19 prime movers and over 72 trailers and dollies that operate on the BHP task.

When the site initially opened, Andrew coordinated each truck to be serviced externally, at a workshop in Port Augusta. “Even though the works aren’t completed, we’re operating out of the workshop now. I have hired a local a mechanic and we are in the process of setting up our new home.”

When asked how he liked his initial role compared to being more hands on in the workshop, he said: “I like being on the tools, but it’s nice being in an office based role like this when it’s 47 degrees outside”.

Kalari is a wholly owned subsidiary of John Swire & Sons Pty.