Charity and construction focus at Dunn’s Twin City Cranes

The 25 tonne Frannas move a concrete structure into place.

Train carriages, amenities blocks, bridges, mobile phone towers, solar farms, anti-tank guns and multi-storey buildings have all been lifted into place around the Border region by Dunn’s Twin City Cranes.

The Albury based company has been a sponsor of the Henty Machinery Field Days for about six years, with a large crane visible in the centre of the site holding aloft the HMFD public address system.

“It’s a big area between Albury and Wagga for farming and construction industries so for people to see our cranes out there it is good exposure,” principal Jon Dunn said.

“We have a crane holding up the public address system above the field day site each year and contribute a crane for 10 weeks to assist with the site loading and unloading at Henty.

“There has been follow-up work from Henty, including shed construction and loads of farm equipment and silos.”

The business, operated by Jon and his wife Melanie, services clients within a 200km radius of Albury-Wodonga and also has a strong focus on regional charity work.

Jon had worked as a crane operator, rigger and dogman for Fitzgerald Constructions before establishing Dunn’s Crane and Access Hire with a single crane in 2004 in Corowa.

He is also a qualified diesel mechanic and first began operating cranes at the age of 19.

Dunn’s Twin City Cranes Pty Ltd began in 2009 with the purchase of Twin City Cranes.

Employing 14 staff, the business operates 14 cranes, four semi-trailers, two Perus (powerline construction), one heavy rigid truck and a medium rigid truck.

“Our scope of operations and diversity of equipment enables us to supply to a range of markets including shutdowns, farming needs, building and construction industries, along with transportation requirements,” Mr Dunn said.

“The vast range of cranes range from the 2.9 tonnes mini crawler and five Franna pick and carry cranes, to all-terrain cranes from 40 to 130 tonnes for construction and communication tower work.

“The 130 tonne crane reaches 92m in height, or 30 stories, and can be used for projects such as air conditioning change-out on top of buildings and factories.

“Our crane borers were used this year to erect the light towers at the Holbrook football ground.

“Our dedicated employees are experienced in all fields of the industry and there is an a strict adherence to industry safety standards.

“We are available 24 hours seven days a week to help our clients and we always ensure the work gets completed in the minimum possible time.”

Among the major projects Dunn’s have been involved in over the years includes the $66 million Mann’s Precinct in central Wodonga with Joss Group, Mantra Albury with Scipio NSW, re-engineering of Rocky Valley Snowy Scheme with AGL Energy Ltd, and the $54 million Australian Tax Office building in Albury with Doma Group.

Dunn’s worked on the Woolworths Barnawartha Logistics Centre with John Holland and Joss Group Joint Venture, the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, Zauner Tower, Wodonga Rail Bypass and Department of Defence Warehouse.

Major engineering projects have been the Bogong Tunnel construction, Albury-Wodonga Freeway bypass, and Murrumbidgee Irrigation Alliance.

Dunn’s Twin City Cranes has a strong history of contributing to the community and this year are sponsors of the Tallangatta and District Football League and Lavington Panthers.

The company is a family orientated work environment and spends a significant amount of money annually in donations and sponsorship to sporting organisations, medical charities and community groups.

Many donations of crane hire in-kind have been made to organisations such as Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, Give me Five for Kids and Mission Australia.

Monthly donations are made to the Peter Mac Foundation, Heart Research Institute and Starlight Foundation, while annual donations are given to Country Hope, World’s Greatest Shave and the Christmas Party for Special Kids.