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.

The competition is now closed and a panel of judges will now begin assessing the submissions. Thank you for all your great suggestions. We look forward to announcing the winners soon. 


There were two ways to take part

1)    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. Students were asked to tell us about their chosen name for the TBM, and share how this name relates to them, theirr community, transportation or engineering. 

2)    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.  Students were asked to submit artwork that shows how the new underground rail line will benefit their community.  

View the competition Terms and Conditions.

Missed out on entering the competition? Download the Tunnel boring machine colouring stencil to keep you busy.