Bonville by-pass items auctioned

Glenn Aylward attracting bidders at the Abigroup auction.
Glenn Aylward attracting bidders at the Abigroup auction. Bruce Thomas

FLUORO orange and yellow shirts brightened the scene at Bonville Abigroup construction site yesterday, where people from as far as the Darling Downs were scouring auction items left-over from the construction of the Bonville by-pass.

Shipping containers, stormwater pipes, concrete blocks and barriers, star pickets, a set of stairs and a pallet of fertiliser were among the items on offer.

All the way from Pittsworth, Queensland, was contract wheat harvester, Tony Van, who needed concrete pipes to build a road over a creek.

“These things don’t come around often and auctions are great value but you have to take into account the cost of freight,” he said.

Even with travel costs considered, Mr Van said he still paid 20 per cent of what he would have buying the pipes new.

John Matthews from Kempsey has been running scrap metal business, Matthews Metal Management, for 30 years, and said he bought about $20,000 worth of scrap metal yesterday.

“I got most things I was after, but I’m always looking for more scrap metal,” he said.

The $245 million by-pass which opened last September has left an array of industrial equipment up for grabs and a local earthmover said they are selling them just in time.

Dennis Johnson from Coffs Harbour said he normally buys new equipment but saved fifty per cent on cement pipes and head walls at the auction.

“People wanted to buy this stuff when the bypass was finished but they [Abigroup] didn’t want to sell it then because they thought they’d need it for another job and now a lot of it has deteriorated,” he said.

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