For more than a decade, the Lendlease Building team working on projects big and small around Australia has presented a challenge to local children: name the crane.
School children are invited to participate in these projects - with competition winners being awarded a $1,000 voucher to purchase new books for their school, in addition to having their winning crane name displayed at the construction site.
Six-year-old Queensland student, Lara, named the tower crane at James Cook University’s The Science Place construction site ‘Cookie’.
“I gave the crane the name ‘Cookie’ because the word ‘Cookie’ represents the word ‘Cook’ in James Cook University,” Lara said.
Over 200 students entered a name for the Palmerston Regional Hospital crane in the Northern Territory, but nine-year-old Ava won the competition, looking to her Aunt’s dog for inspiration.
“I gave the crane the name ‘Jasper’ because Jasper is the name of my Aunt’s dog and he is strong for a Jack Russell, just like a crane,” Ava said.
In Victoria, Big Billy has swung into action at Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The crane was named by student Crystal.
Daniel Crawley, Head of Conversion & Strategy for the Victoria Building business, said the name the crane competition was a great opportunity to engage with the local community: “Major projects like this are a fantastic opportunity for us to give back: both in the long-run, through the many benefits the new hospital will provide, as well as through competitions like name the crane that simply put a smile on children’s faces," he said.