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The largest cranes to ever tower over Hobart’s skyline now have names thanks to 10 year old, Liana Stubbs, from South Hobart Primary School!

Liana was inspired by a furry Tassie icon and the historic name for Hobart’s first wharf for her award-winning names of the two Titan cranes on the $689 million Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment project.

The names Liana chose were ‘Nevil the Devil’ because of the Tasmanian Devil and ‘Wapping Big Crane' because the hospital is being built in the historic area once called Wapping and it’s obviously a play on the word ‘whopping.’

As the competition winner, Liana was able to see the cranes proudly wearing their new Tasmanian names.

Today, I presented Liana with a special certificate and she also won an iPad for her Grade 4 class at South Hobart Primary School, kindly donated by Titan Cranes and Rigging.

For the visit to the construction site, Liana was kitted in her own safety gear including a kid-sized high-vis vest.

Liana’s mother, Alison and teacher, Helen Rothwell, also had a close-up view of the works and the giant cranes that are helping to build K-Block, Tasmania’s new state-of-the-art health facility.

K-Block will increase in-patient capacity by almost 250 beds, provide seven more operating and procedure rooms, a new hyperbaric chamber, helipad for aeromedical retrievals, and a one-stop arrivals and departure area for patients.

Work is progressing on site with the construction of footings and the first slab pour that will be part of the lower ground level already completed.

National supplier, Titan Cranes and Rigging Pty Ltd is providing, operating and maintaining the two cranes during the construction of K-Block at a cost of $6.4 million.

‘Name the Crane’ competitions are routinely run on large scale public construction works as a light-hearted way to raise awareness of the project and involve the local community.