D & H Contracting Pty Ltd.
Indigenous mining and construction company bring on-board a new John Deere grader to assist with their grading contract at Argyle Diamond Mine.
D & H Contracting Pty Ltd was established by Dallas Purdie just over ten years ago. Based in East Kimberly in WA and proudly 100% Indigenous owned, the company employs local and indigenous operational staff to provide support for projects within the mining, construction and earthworks fields.
Their John Deere 770BH grader was recently joined by a new 770G grader, continuing the strong alliance with Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia (HCA). The new machine is being put to the test already with the company contracted to supply a grader and water cart at Argyle Diamond Mine. “This new grader will be going to work out at Argyle Diamond Mine in the East Kimberley, grading the unsealed roads. We started our contract out there in 2012 and will continue until the mine closure at the end of 2021,” said Dallas, owner of D & H Contracting Pty Ltd.
The D&H Team have been highly impressed by the John Deere machines, “Power and performance of the John Deere Grader is second to none, while having a smooth operation,” he said. They have noticed several advantages such as the ease of maintenance and easy access to filters and coolers for servicing.
As a business operating in rural areas, Dallas believes that HCA is a good fit for D&H Contracting and understand the nuances of not being located in a major city. He stated “One of the main factors in buying another John Deere is the great support that we receive from the Part's department in Darwin, who always do their best to help us out as quick as possible as they understand the challenges of not being in a big city.”
Looking to the future, D&H are aiming to continue to build on their strong success. “With the closure of the mine coming, D & H is working towards expanding the business into other areas, both geographically and industry wise, so that we can continue to provide work for local indigenous workers into the future,” explained Dallas. The company was a Semi-Finalist in the Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award in 2016 which is a good reflection on their passion and growth.