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New look for 2023 Heavy Equipment and Machinery Show

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The 2023 Heavy Equipment and Machinery Show has a new name, new venue, and a range of new features including – for the first time ever – a live machinery auction.

The 2023 show is shaping up as the biggest and best event in its history, with organiser Civil Contractors Federation Queensland revealing it will hold its State Conference on the first day of the show, Thursday 18 May.

The live machinery auction will be held by naming sponsor Pickles Industrial on Friday 19 May.

Featured speakers will include alternative energy expert Dr Ben Heard, Brisbane 2023 Executive Director of Olympic Infrastructure Aaron Broughton, demographer Bernard Salt, QIC Principal Economist Drew Klease, comedian Dave O’Neil and more.

Also returning in 2023 is crowd favourite ‘Trimble Inn’ eatery and bar, offering great coffee, food, and drink options to enjoy during the show.

Previously the Civil Construction Field Days, the 2023 Heavy Equipment and Machinery Show also marks a shift to a new venue, the Brisbane Showgrounds, to better showcase the latest innovations for the civil construction and infrastructure sector.

A man and a child exiting the cabin of a dozer
The 2023 Heavy Equipment and Machinery Show is expected to attract more than 6000 attendees and more than 80 exhibitors.

Its new “forever home” will see the big yellow machines return to the Ekka for the first time since 2009. From 1983 to 2009, they were a key part of the Queensland Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show – which was renamed the Brisbane Truck Show when it shifted to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in 2011.

CCF QLD CEO Damian Long says the new venue delivers a platform for a bigger and better show in 2023 and beyond.

Presented alongside the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show, the event is expected to attract more than 6000 attendees and more than 80 exhibitors over the four-day showcase.

The 2021 show – which ran over three days at Hamilton Northshore – featured around 60 of the industry’s most well-known companies and drew some 3500 attendees, significantly up on the first Civil Construction Field Days created by CCF QLD in 2019.

Following the success of its official partnership with Brisbane Truck Show in 2021, including reciprocal ticketing and free shuttle buses, Long says he anticipates significant growth in the show again in 2023.

“There are great synergies between the Heavy Equipment and Machinery Show and the Brisbane Truck Show, so we are thrilled to partner with them again for 2023 to provide Australians with access to both heavy equipment, trucks and everything in between by just purchasing one ticket,” he says.

Long says the show’s rapid evolution into a world-class industry showcase is based on a recognition several years ago of a significant gap in the civil construction industry calendar for an event that brings together many suppliers to showcase the latest equipment, products, and services.

“Industry has become increasingly time-poor and events that could provide purchasers of construction equipment an opportunity to see the latest in technology in one place at the same time was needed,” he says.

“This, our third event, provides a great opportunity to connect with your peers and develop relationships, whilst learning what is new in industry innovation and hearing from world-class speakers.”

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