Help name and decorate our tunnel boring machines

Students across WA, from Kindergarten through to Year 12, have a chance to make history by naming and decorating our TBMs.

There are two ways to take part

1)    Help name our tunnel boring machines

Like ships, TBMs are named before they begin work to bring good luck. Traditionally, a TBM cannot start work until it is given a name. TBMs are generally given female names as history shows that underground workers look to Saint Barbara for protection.

How to enter: In 200 words OR a 2-minute video or less tell us about your chosen name for the TBM. Share why you have chosen this name and how it relates to you, your community, transportation or engineering. Names can be real or fictional but all entries must be a female name.

2)    Help decorate our tunnel boring machines

The Forrestfield-Airport Link will be Perth’s longest underground train line, and will provide a 20-minute journey between the CBD and Perth’s eastern suburbs. It will also be the first rail line in nearly 10 years to be built using a TBM. 

How to enter: Submit artwork that shows how the new underground rail line will benefit your community. The artwork can be a painting, drawing, 3D sculpture/diorama or collage.


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All WA students from Kindergarten to Year 12 are eligible to enter. Students who submit the winning name and artwork will have their submission displayed on the side of the TBM, be invited to the official launching ceremony,  get to see behind the scenes of the project as well as have their photo taken next to the 7m tall TBM. 

When you are ready to submit your entry click on the link below to email us direct.

Entries are limited to one per student. Submit your entry by 5pm on Wednesday 10 May 2017. 
Entries can be submitted via the button above or posted to TBM Contest – Forrestfield-Airport Link, 525 Great Eastern Highway, Redcliffe WA 6104.

View the competition Terms and Conditions.


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