Naming the TBMs
The two tunnel boring machines that will
dig the tunnels for the Forrestfield-Airport Link have been officially named.
ships, TBMs are named before they begin work to bring good luck. Traditionally,
a TBM cannot start work until it is given a name. TBMs are generally given
female names as underground workers look to Saint Barbara for protection.
The first TBM has been named Grace, in
honour of pre-primary student Grace McPhee who was nominated by her classmates
at Edney Primary School in High Wycombe. The students said Grace, who is
undergoing treatment for leukaemia, was the toughest person they knew - a
toughness the TBM would need to bore through the earth. This TBM is decorated with artwork by Year
6 Walliston Primary School student Georgia Fields.
The second TBM has been named Sandy - suggested by High Wycombe Primary School Year
4 student Sarah Spratt. Sarah was inspired after finding a sandgroper in her
backyard, as the local insect (which is also a colloquial name for Western
Australians) is 'excellent at tunnelling, just like the TBM'. This TBM is decorated with artwork by
Rossmoyne Primary School Year 5 students Faith Brand and Jood Al Jashammi.
More than 100 students entered a competition for
the chance to be a part of the project.