The accidental purchase of an old Galion grader from the Gayndah Shire Council began Wharton’s Earthworks almost 25 years ago. Max and Kay Wharton of Barambah Acres said following a complete overhaul, the plan was to use the grader for contour banks, firebreaks and internal roads on their property. Max soon found he was in demand grading neighbour’s roads and citrus hilling for orchardists. With the purchase of a combination roller, which can be electronically controlled when in use and a small dozer, they were in business. As the business expanded there was a need to upgrade. There have been two Mitsubishi graders and two John Deere six wheel drive graders all having been laser equipped. The second John Deere grader was purchased from America last year. Max said he has found John Deere the best for practicality and safety and would never go back to a four wheel drive.
Kay says he had been in a couple of scary situations which a six wheel drive could have avoided. Contracts with DNR, local and neighbouring Shire Councils, Queensland Rail as well as confidence and support from citrus growers of the Central Burnett have allowed the business to successfully continue. Max works in conjunction with a friend and colleague Keith McGilvery, who operates the dozer and provides his tip truck for gravel cartage. “These days we are doing a lot of shed and house pads,” Max said. Max’s knowledge about soils gained from more than 40 years as a farmer and grazier is invaluable. Their aim as a business is to do quality work at reasonable rates, to provide the services needed.
295, Wharton's, 1, Gayndah, Queensland, 4625, Australia
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