Not so boring: Julia Drillard and Missy Diggins could break ground soon


A competition for members of the community to name six tunnel boring machines (TBMs) after ground-breaking women of Victoria has received some interesting entries, with Julia Drillard and Missy Diggins among the names submitted so far.

Announcing the competition to name the machines that will begin digging beneath Melbourne for the Metro Tunnel and West Gate Tunnel Project from early next year, Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan described it as a ‘unique opportunity’ for the public.

“This competition gives the public a unique opportunity to learn more about the monumental engineering feat we are undertaking to build the massive public transport and road projects Victoria desperately needs,” Ms Allan said.

“Just like the tunnel boring machines will break through ground to create city changing infrastructure, we’re looking for ground-breaking women that changed our state.”

The minister and her team have since confirmed that they have received a number of interesting entries including Bora The Explorer, Julia Drillard, Missy Diggins and Rebel Drillson. Willy and Hobby understands Drill Hennessy might also be in the mix.

The tradition of naming TBMs after women can be traced back to the 1500s when miners and military engineers working with explosives, for underground excavation, prayed to Saint Barbara for protection.

Julia Drillard and Missy Diggins are among the entries submitted so far in the tunnel boring naming competition.

Machines used on other international tunnelling projects have been named after monarchs, Olympians, Paralympians, mayors, and fictional characters such as Alice in Wonderland. It appears Bora The Explorer might actually be in with a chance.

Competition winners will be treated to a VIP tunnel boring machine experience with exclusive access to the massive pieces of machinery and a behind the scenes tour. Competition entries close on October 7. To enter, visit the Big Build website.

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