Dwyer Lewis Earth Works
owner operator Shane Dwyer and his father-in-law Bruce 'Blue' Lewis spotted an emerging market and teamed up to form Dwyer-Lewis Earthworks Ltd.
Since then, the company has engaged in the large task of clearing a pathway and services provision accompanying the installation of these irrigators, which include the tree and building removal, earthworks, power, and water supply, over huge swathes of land. With the scale of these jobs, work must be completed as fast as possible so livestock can start grazing in increased numbers and producing more income for their owners.
Dwyer says a number of people asked him a few years back, what his business was going to do when all the irrigation systems had been installed. He says the doomsayers didn't realise the irrigation systems need constant maintenance, especially in the areas where the wheels track along their pathways.
Going along with the irrigation installation work is the large number of dairy conversions taking place throughout the basin, and the infrastructure such as roads, buildings and effluent ponds going along with it.
Now in 2013, the business has a team of twelve people and uses Hyundai excavators in its arsenal of machinery. When starting off in 2004, Dwyer says they initially decided to purchase a second-hand machine, however quickly made the call to purchase new instead.