Moveable mining art

TEN art students from Roebourne District High School have painted an indigenous mural on the rear tray of a Fortescue Metals Group Caterpillar 793 autonomous haul truck.
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The Roebourne High School students with the truck body and Thiess and FMG staff.

Noel Dyson

Measuring 2.9m high and 8m wide on each side the mural extends to both sides of the tray and depicts Roebourne’s Mount Welcome lookout and the rivers and streams running through the Western Australian town.

The painted haul truck will re-enter operations on August 11.

Thiess general manager in Australia & Pacific Spencer Jose said he was proud to be partnering with FMG and the local community to deliver the moveable artwork.

“This innovative initiative is enhancing students’ studies, allowing them to apply their research, technical skills and creative ideas to a real life project,” Jose said.

Thiess has been delivering mining services at Solomon since 2011. Its works include the maintenance of mobile and ancillary plant, autonomy solutions and non-process infrastructure management.

The Solomon Hub is located on the traditional lands of the Eastern Guruma and Yindjibarndi People.

It produces more than 70 million tonnes of iron ore annually from the Firetail and Kings Valley deposits.

Last month the Yindjibarndi People won a native title determination over a patch of land near Roebourne that includes the Solomon mine.