A crane has gone airborne over Redcliffe, in Queensland, to take part in a season-long series of aerial stunts to raise money for local charities.
The crane, which is being flown from Brisbane to Townsville, was the first in the Queensland season to be powered by electricity.
A video posted on YouTube shows the crane moving on a runway, which at one point takes off from a building, while another is filmed in a small valley.
The crane’s stunt coordinator, Peter Dickson, said the team would be using the crane to raise awareness for local organisations.
“We’re using it to raise funds for the Townsville Children’s Hospice and the Townssville Fire Brigade,” he said.
Dickson said the goal was to raise $10,000 from the crane, the proceeds going to the Townssie Fire Brigade, which provides fire safety training and has a special focus on young people.
He said the campaign had been running for two weeks and had raised more than $2,000.
“We’ve raised more money than the entire team put together for the entire season,” he explained.
But he said the crane had been used for just one stunt, which was a simple one-handed lift into a field.
“The crane was doing one-hand, so it’s a little bit silly,” he joked.
“It’s actually not so much a stunt as a celebration of this amazing community.”
The crane flew over Redcliffs community centre and park, before going up into the sky.
While it may be a stunt, it is a great way to get people to look at the crane and see it in a different light.
“There’s people out there that probably don’t know about this crane,” Mr Dickson said.
“But it’s really great for our local communities.”
He said it was a good opportunity for people to see what the crane could do and to learn something about what it was capable of.
“When you’ve got a crane flying over your community, you can get people really involved and give back,” he added.
Redcliffs resident Michael O’Brien said he was delighted that the crane was being used in such a positive way.
“A lot of people are unaware of the importance of the community in Townssies,” he told the ABC.
“If you can’t show people what it can do, what can it do?”
The crane will be powered using the same batteries that are used for power stations.
Mr O’Briens children attend a children’s centre in Redcliff, and the community centre has a childrens centre.
Mr Dickson has also used the crane for a variety of activities, including an aerial shoot, a drone, and a series of stunts for children.
On Monday, Mr O’Connor had a chat with the crane’s owner, David McArthur.
“I told him I wanted to go to the hospital and see how it was doing,” Mr OConnor said.
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