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A dream job, once you learn the ropes

A workers from Rope Access Engineering paints the lights at Manuka Oval on Tuesday. Click for more photos

Rope Access Engineering

Photos from various Rope Access Engineering jobs across the capital and Australia. Photo: Colleen Petch

There’s no job in Canberra with better views than this. With paint rollers in hand, Andrew Bull and Michael Budge took on the challenging work of painting the new Manuka Oval light towers on a perfect autumn day.

Over several weeks the team of four professional abseilers from Rope Access Engineering are working their way around the six light towers applying three coats of Dulux St Enoch Grey.

The mid-grey colour with a metallic finish closely resembles the natural steel finish of the light towers, whose appearance on the skyline has allowed for night cricket and AFL.

Mr Bull said the multi-skilled crew was enjoying the project for its variety and the knockout views.

‘‘It’s a bit different obviously. The views are great, it was a cracker of a day today and the work is not too awkward,’’ he said.

The company’s workers are often seen doing repairs and window cleaning on multi-storey buildings in the CBD.

But other more exciting jobs have included welding repairs on a space tracking dish at Tidbinbilla, bridge maintenance on the Snowy Hydro scheme, construction work on the enlarged Cotter Dam and maintenance of the Carillon.



  • Wouldn't it have made more sense to paint the towers on the ground before they were erected?

    Date and time
    March 20, 2013, 8:41AM
    • Whyisitso, we are talking about the ACT Green Labor and Mr Barr's gut busting rush to impress the world here remember.
      Pity he isn't so quick to refurbish the old Canberra International Dragway but hey what goes around comes around.

      Date and time
      March 20, 2013, 1:51PM
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