MOYNE Shire Council has poured nearly $1 million into a hole or at least into finding a safer way to dig one.
The latest shiny piece of council hardware is already covered in dust at the Mount Shadwell quarry in Mortlake.
The $950,000 gravel screener was purchased by council earlier this year.
It can be operated remotely in a bid to reduce the possibility of a workplace accident.
Moyne physical services director Trev Greenberger said the machine would improve productivity sixfold.
“It’s going to improve our productivity dramatically,” Mr Greenberger said.
“It can be operated remotely. And from an occupational health and safety perspective it’s very safe.”
The diesel-powered machine has a less than inspiring name — a triple deck screener and sits on tracks so it can be driven around the quarry floor.
Soil is dumped into the machine where it is sorted and allocated.
The quarry’s chief product is scoria —gravel used by farmers to strengthen paddock tracks.
“We expect to get at least 10 years out of it,” Mr Greenberger said.