Monster machines come alive in Southport

IF YOU’VE ever wanted to get behind the wheel of a massive bulldozer, tractor or quad bike, today is your lucky day.

The Monster Machinery Day is being held at Mitchell Park, at the corner of North Street and Marine Parade in Southport, where all the city’s biggest and best toys come to life.

Mayor Tom Tate said the free family event had become a one of the city’s most popular annual drawcards, with more than 7000 people attending last year.


“I encourage you to come along, slap on a hard hat and imagine yourself as a landscaper, lifeguard, beach cleaner, fence builder, dune protector or construction worker,” he said.

“There are so many exciting projects underway on the Gold Coast, from China Town in the Southport CBD to the Broadwater Parklands redevelopment. This event is your chance to see the fleet of machinery that is transforming our city as well as maintaining our parks, beaches, roads and neighbourhoods,” he said.

The City’s $75 million mobile fleet comprises approximately 1400 items, including cars, 4WDs, trucks, tractors, loaders, excavators, dozers, graders, mobile libraries, quad bikes, jet skis, boats, wood chippers and street sweepers. More than 40 of these will be on display at the event.

The fleet operates across a 1378 square kilometre area, with some vehicles operating through the night to manage the workload.

Cr Tate said he was impressed with the commitment Councillor Dawn Crichlow had made to the event over the past 11 years, building it from a small community gathering to one of the city’s most popular days out for young families.

“There’ll be some fantastic activities on offer including the little diggers’ competition, free rides, live machinery demonstrations, food stalls and prize draws,” said Cr Crichlow.

“The City is continuously updating the fleet to ensure it’s safe, cost-efficient and up to date with the latest technology.”

Parking is available at the Broadwater Parklands.