Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell and disaster planning co-ordinator Mal Chruchill with the council's new sand bagging machine.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell and disaster planning co-ordinator Mal Chruchill with the council's new sand bagging machine. Contributed

Machine can fill a 15kg sandbag in six to eight seconds

THE council's new sandbagging machine can fill a 15kg sandbag in six to eight seconds, producing up to 500 in an hour.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the machine had been at the Moreton St Depot in Maryborough since February but was not needed during summer.

"The trailer-mounted machine is registered so we can move it to wherever it might be needed around the region," he said.

Cr O'Connell said the bagger, powered by an on-board generator, had been specially designed for use by the SES and could be manned by one person if needed. It is .

"The hopper can be filled with sand by a front-end loader or manually by using a conveyor," he said.

"If necessary sand stockpiles can be left around the region at SES depots or other locations ready for the bagger to turn up."



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