Work under way at Dig This

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HW Richardson Group property and projects manager Sue Hill and Dig This Invercargill manager Lex Chisholm on site as work gets under way this week to develop the heavy equipment playground on Otepuni Ave.. Photo: Petrina Wright

AFTER a month’s delay securing consent for the project, it is all go for Transport World’s newest transport-related attraction, Dig This Invercargill.

HWR Group property and projects manager Sue Hill said consent for the project was granted on Monday and work started on the development the same day.

“I am relieved we are under way… and really excited. This is going to be an excellent addition to the attractions we currently have,” she said.

HWR Group also owns Transport World and Classic Motorcycle Mecca.

Ms Hill said visitors to the city would not be able to see all the attractions in one day, so it would mean they would have to stay overnight in the city and spend money on other things.

“That is the aim of the game. That is what we are about… building the city.”

Dig This Invercargill will be located on a 1ha site adjacent to the HW Richardson Group driver training centre on Otepuni Ave.

Inspired by a similar Las Vegas attraction, Dig This Invercargill will be a heavy equipment playground complete with real-sized heavy machinery for customers to operate, located on a 1ha site adjacent to the HW Richardson Group driver training centre on Otepuni Ave.

Dig This Invercargill manager Lex Chisholm said at present a noise-mitigating embankment, car park and administration building were being constructed, machinery was being sourced for use in the playground and a staff of six were being employed.

The development was planned to be completed by the last week in September, ahead of an official opening on October 1.

Despite the consent process taking longer than expected, Ms Hill was confident the development would be completed on time.

“It’s going to be extremely challenging, but we will make it happen. We have got a great team here.”

In order to meet the tight timeframe, contractors Highview Builders and Henderson Construction had been hired to work together on the build, she said.

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