Ballina Bypass construction leftovers being sold at auction
COME one, come all: it's the hardware sale of the year at Ballina this morning, with a yard load of goods to be sold at the Ballina Bypass demobilization auction.
Whether it's a shipping container you need to add a cheap room to your North Coast abode, or you simply want a decent generator, there's something for everyone, according to auctioneer Clive Jeffery of Lloyds Auctioneers.
The sell-off is the result of the Ballina Bypass Alliance - a group of several construction companies - having finished their job, and with no single company to claim all the gear, they've left a yard of orphaned goods.
Demobilisation requires rehabilitation of the site, and so all the goods must go.
Mr Jeffery likened the auction to a "liquorice allsorts" affair, with everything from a $265,000 road sweeper to random office furniture and power tools.
"It's like a big garage sale," Mr Jeffery said.
"There's concrete blocks, wheelie bins, road signs, barrier mesh, witches hats, generators, survey gear and testing instruments.
"The road sweeper is going cheap - this one might go for between $25-$50,000. They're funny things to sell, you either want one or you don't."
Other strange items include a first-aid kit defibrillator and a sandbagging hopper - a perfect present for a flood-prone farmer or North Lismore resident.
"It really is a final yard clearance auction - there's no reserves," Mr Jeffery said.
Much of the big-ticket items were expected to sell to local contractors but there were plenty of other items for the property owner or scavenger.
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," Mr Jeffery said.
Up for grabs
Some of the items to be auctioned today:
2 tipper trucks
1 road sweeper
17 shipping containers (11x20')
3 box trailers
40 power tools
Traffic management signage
Survey equipment: Leica Rugby 280DG and Total Station TCRP 1203+ R1000