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Train carriages, amenities blocks, bridges, mobile phone towers, solar farms, anti-tank guns and multi-storey buildings have all been lifted into place around the Border region by Dunn’s Twin City Cranes.

The Albury based company has been a sponsor of the Henty Machinery Field Days for about seven years, with a large crane visible in the centre of the site holding aloft the HMFD public address system.

“It’s a big area between Albury and Wagga for farming and construction industries so for people to see our cranes out there it is good exposure,” principal Jon Dunn said.

“We have a crane holding up the public address system above the field day site each year and contribute a crane for 10 weeks to assist with the site loading and unloading at Henty.

“There has been follow-up work from Henty, including shed construction and loads of farm equipment and silos.”

The business, operated by Jon and his wife Melanie, services clients within a 200km radius of Albury-Wodonga and also has a strong focus on regional charity work.

Jon had worked as a crane operator, rigger and dogman for Fitzgerald Constructions before establishing Dunn’s Crane and Access Hire with a single crane in 2004 in Corowa.

He is also a qualified diesel mechanic and first began operating cranes at the age of 19.

Dunn’s Twin City Cranes Pty Ltd began in 2009 with the purchase of Twin City Cranes.

Employing 14 staff, the business operates 14 cranes, four semi-trailers, a Peru (powerline construction), one heavy rigid truck and a medium rigid truck.

 “Our scope of operations and diversity of equipment enables us to supply to a range of markets including shutdowns, farming needs, building and construction industries, along with transportation requirements,” Mr Dunn said.

“The vast range of cranes range from the 2.9 tonnes mini crawler and five Franna pick and carry cranes, to all-terrain cranes from 40 to 130 tonnes for construction and communication tower work.

“The 130 tonne crane reaches 92m in height, or 30 stories, and can be used for projects such as air conditioning change-out on top of buildings and factories.

“Our crane borers were used this year to erect the light towers at the Holbrook football ground.

“Our dedicated employees are experienced in all fields of the industry and there is an a strict adherence to industry safety standards.

“We are available 24 hours seven days a week to help our clients and we always ensure the work gets completed in the minimum possible time.”

Among the major projects Dunn’s have been involved in over the years includes the $66 million Mann’s Precinct in central Wodonga with Joss Group, Mantra Albury with Scipio NSW, re-engineering of Rocky Valley Snowy Scheme with AGL Energy Ltd, and the $54 million Australian Tax Office building in Albury with Doma Group.

Dunn’s worked on the Woolworths Barnawartha Logistics Centre with John Holland and Joss Group Joint Venture, the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, Zauner Tower, Wodonga Rail Bypass and Department of Defence Warehouse.

Major engineering projects have been the Bogong Tunnel construction, Albury-Wodonga Freeway bypass, and Murrumbidgee Irrigation Alliance.

Dunn’s Twin City Cranes has a strong history of contributing to the community and have been major sponsors of the Tallangatta Football League for the past six years. 

The company is a family orientated work environment and spends a significant amount of money annually in donations and sponsorship to sporting organisations, medical charities and community groups.

Many donations of crane hire in-kind have been made to organisations such as Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, Give me Five for Kids and Mission Australia.

Monthly donations are made to the Peter Mac Foundation, Heart Research Institute and Starlight Foundation, while annual donations are given to Country Hope, World’s Greatest Shave and the Christmas Party for Special Kids.

 

Event hire company Barlens has ridden the highs and lows of the COVID pandemic, from having bookings falling over in three states to erecting tent cities during border lockdowns.

 Barlens Structures Solutions chief operating officer Morris Mckeeman said the pandemic had also provided an opportunity for the company to value add to the brand with a new glass marquee showroom in Albury. 

“Well, what a ride this has been for everyone - Barlens along with every other business we know is pretty much over the word COVID,” Mr Mckeeman said.

“When this started some two years ago who would have predicted there would be still aspects pandemic still going on today, being only one month into winter and the start of a new financial year it is possible it could all flair up again, we hope not.

“I remember March 2019 downing tools trackside three days before the Albury Gold Cup was to run thinking this can’t be right, surely someone will override this decision.

“By the time I had driven back to Barlens another four shows had cancelled and by the end of the week we had gone from heroes to zeros and lost every event in three different states of the country…really not a great feeling.

“Transform to the present day and I see a massive turn around in the events industry, new shows announced, old shows bigger than ever and the return of the Henty Machinery Field Days. I see good things on the horizon for everybody and hope it stays this way. 

“On a positive note, we took advantage of the quiet times and moved our whole warehouse operation that we had outgrown after being there for the last 24 years to a new location one street away.”

Barlens are now located around the corner in Kiewa Street, South Albury, in a contemporary art glass marquee showroom.

Called a Manhattan, the showroom was purpose built by HTS TENTIQ in Germany.

“We attached this structure to a 5000sqm warehouse and, with a few more design changes to the building, we are up and running with plenty of room to grow the business again,” Mr Mckeeman said.

“The idea to make front-of-house a marquee structure was a great decision that has given us another selling tool and opened new areas of the market installing structures for large warehousing applications and storage structure solutions on permanent and semi-permanent bases.”

Marquees have come a long way and the transport industry is a good example of this - the massive growth in online shopping demands around the country has created storage shortages due to the Covid-induced changes and the restrictions boosting the online shopping sector. 

This has now become a fulltime arm of Barlens called Barlens Structure Solutions (BSS) operating from its new base in Queensland and delivering Australia wide. 

“We also relaunched the exhibition side of Barlens amalgamating with another Queensland based exhibition company using the Swedish made Foga exhibition system,” Mr Mackeeman said.

“The Foga system is pretty much endless for design and customization of exhibition booths, and this side of the business is called BEX (Barlens Exhibitions), operating in all regional areas and capital cities.

“It’s been a big couple of years in the Barlens Group and to make some large changes gives us plenty of room to move along with our allied companies based in Melbourne, Geelong and South Australia truly means you can get service from Barlens anytime anywhere you need.”

 

Popular rural outfitter RB Sellars is proud to continue its long-standing association with the Henty Machinery Field Days.

The team at RB Sellars sees Henty as one of the most important field days on the calendar and love meeting loyal customers at the event.  

Once again, the staff and members at Henty will be outfitted in RB Sellars from their popular range of quality work and casual wear.  

RB Sellars will be trading at this year’s event from their usual A10-A13 site where field day attendees will be able to view their vast range of jeans, cotton work shirts and jumpers, including the new spring and summer range.

Normally available exclusively online, RB Sellars will also stock the Australian made Henty Merino jumper this year.

RB Sellars is an Australian owned company, with family values and community at its core.  The brand’s ethos is to deliver practical quality garments at reasonable prices for rural Australians.  

Today the range includes functional and hardwearing workwear for men and women, plus a collection of casual wear, durable farm wear and kids wear that's easy to care for and comfortable to wear.

RB Sellars endeavours to procure the highest quality yarns and fabrics from the world’s best mills and where possible use Australian grown wool and cotton.  

The company also prides itself on ethical sourcing, adhering to stringent environmental and social international standards.  

The team at RB Sellars are excited to attend another Henty Machinery Field Day and look forward to meeting their highly valued customers in person again.

Telstra will build a new mobile site in Henty as part of the Federal Government’s Regional Connectivity Program, bringing improved coverage to the area and the Henty Machinery Field Days.

Regional General Manager Southern NSW and ACT Chris Taylor said Telstra was passionate about making a difference for regional communities.

“We’re so glad to see Henty Field Day back up and running. Just as we’ve done for many years, Telstra will be temporarily boosting connectivity at the event through a mobile Cell-On-Wheels,” Mr Taylor said.

“Telstra has a long history of investing in rural and regional Australia – over the last seven years, we’ve invested $11 billion in our mobile network nationally, with $4 billion of this invested in our regional mobile network. 

“Providing connectivity in a country as vast and sparsely populated as Australia is hard work. But it’s also incredibly motivating. 

“It’s why we get out of bed in the morning and why we provide over one million square kilometres more mobile coverage in regional and remote Australia than any other carrier.”

Mr Taylor said Telstra’s long-standing commitment to regional Australia would continue into the future. 

“We’re investing $150 million over the next 12 months to improve regional networks, including better coverage at popular destinations, capacity upgrades, upgrading 3G-only sites to 4G and building new 4G sites,” he said. 

“Our team is on the ground, listening and responding to every community’s connectivity need, no matter where they are located.” 

Visitors to the Telstra activation space at Henty can experience state-of-the-art technology to connect and provide them with the power to grow their business, and enrich the home.

To find out more about what Telstra is doing in the local community, the 3G network closure in 2024, drop by their site at the Henty Machinery Field Days.

ANZ is proud to be a major sponsor of the Henty Machinery Field Days and can be found at site 567. 

ANZ recognises the importance of regional events such as the Henty Machinery Field Days and commends the organisers on maintaining the event at such a consistently high standard. 

To support its customers, ANZ has built a team of more than 200 agribusiness managers who are dedicated to your business, understand your industry and can provide support, advice and access to the right tools.

Through the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program, ANZ has also donated more than $5 million to over 800 regional community projects to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, including farmers and local community groups from Riverina/Greater Hume. 

ANZ looks forward to continuing to help the industry evolve off the back of growing global demand for safe, premium quality food which plays to the natural advantages of Australia’s highly regarded agriculture industry.  

Field day attendees are invited to drop by the ANZ site to say hello and rest their legs. 

Exhibitor bookings have opened for the 2022 Henty Machinery Field Days on September 20-22 with planning well in hand for southern Australia’s largest agricultural event. 

HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson reminded exhibitors the booking deadline for the official HMFD program was July 31.

“Existing, new or potential exhibitors are encouraged to submit their applications via the HMFD website,” Mrs Anderson said. 

“It is important for exhibitors to be aware that even if they booked in 2021, they still need to rebook to ensure their sites for 2022.”

Online ticket sales for general entry will open on July 1 via the website at www.hmfd.com.au

Country music singer and I’m a Celebrity star Brooke McClymont and her Golden Guitar winning husband Adam Eckersley will take to the stage in a new ticketed event to be held after the gates close at 5pm on Wednesday, September 21.

The couple will be supported by Walla Walla farmer, singer, songwriter and The Voice entrant Danny Phegan and his Longreach band. 

The field days will have all the usual attractions including the prestigious Henty Machine of the Year Award, the working sheep and yard dog trials, Country Lifestyle pavilion, Farm Gate Produce Market, Baker Seeds agronomy trials, helicopter joy rides, live entertainment, outdoor reptile show, the Natural Fibre Fashion Awards and vintage farm machinery display.

Entries have opened for the 2022 Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards with prizes valued at around $5500 and a new award this year for the Business Development Award: Australian Made Fibre sponsored by JMP Developments, Wodonga, for $500.

The award aims to encourage designers with business aspirations to produce garments made with natural fibres.

Also back this year will be the exhibitor awards for Best Outdoor Large Commercial, Best Outdoor General, Best Indoor (Country Lifestyle and Farm Gate).

 

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Henty Machinery Field Days Co-operative Limited

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Site Address: 22 Lubkes Road, Henty NSW 2658

Postal Address: PO Box 107, HENTY NSW 2658

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Henty is located midway between Albury and Wagga Wagga on the Olympic Way