GOING, GOING, GONE: Auctioneer Ryne Aylward at the Leighton site compound.
GOING, GOING, GONE: Auctioneer Ryne Aylward at the Leighton site compound.

Drop tools for huge auction

PROJECTS the size of the Pacific Hwy upgrade require a lot of tools, vehicles and equipment to get the job done, but what happens when the project is over and a large joint venture like Leighton and Fulton Hogan's job on the Sapphire to Woolgoolga section finishes?

The Coffs Coast will have a chance to be part of the answer when a massive auction of items the companies are leaving behind gets under way on July 19.

Six utes, nearly 20 trucks and more than a dozen excavators are just the tip of the iceberg of what is being unloaded at the end of project auction.

If you know what a verge place kerb machine is, then chances are you'll have a use for it.

There are also more than 20 shipping containers, heaps of survey and lifting equipment, traffic signs and bollards, as well as a long list of small plant and tools.

The auction is rounded out by 100 tonnes of scrap metal and steel pipes.

Auctioneer Glenn Aylward said after 30 years in the business conducting auctions throughout the country, this was one of the biggest he'd seen.

"I expect probably around 700 lots on the day, which means it will be around about a seven to eight hour auction," Glenn said.

He said other companies engaged in highway upgrades would be interested but there would be plenty of lots to suit smaller buyers and primary producers.

"We have only really just started advertising heavily and we're already getting calls from all over," he said.

Catering on the day will raise funds to help a local going through cancer treatment.



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