Thiess, in collaboration with Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue), welcomed ten art students from Roebourne District High School to Fortescue’s Solomon operation last week to complete an Indigenous mural on the rear tray of an autonomous haul truck.

Measuring 2.9 metres high and over 8 metres 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.

Thiess General Manager in Australia & Pacific, Spencer Jose said: “We’re proud to be partnering with Fortescue and the local community to deliver this incredible piece of moveable art.

“The murals on the truck work together to represent the past, present and future generations of Roebourne.

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

Fortescue CEO, Nev Power said: “At Fortescue, we are committed to investing in local communities by supporting initiatives that generate significant value to the community.

“We are pleased to be able to welcome the students to Solomon and provide them with opportunities to develop their skills, as well as valuable insights into life at a mine site.”

The painted haul truck will re-enter operations on 11 August 2017.

Thiess, CIMIC Group’s global mining services provider, has been delivering mining services at Solomon Hub since 2011, including 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 in excess of 70 million tonnes of iron ore annually from the Firetail and Kings Valley deposits.