Focus On... Engineering & Public Works

  • Closed circle waste management
    Councils in New South Wales (NSW) are working to find more sustainable ways to manage their waste.
  • Waste 2018 Conference*
    8-10 May 2018 – Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour
  • Future directions - Less waste means less cost for City of Nedlands
  • Not your average carpark
    City of Fremantle, Western Australia, is working on what could be Perth’s most environmentally friendly carpark.
  • Rail bridge will live on
    Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council is working on a project that will determine the viability of the Gundagai Rail Bridge.
  • Liquip Victoria – helping councils to lower their fuel operational costs*
    If you’re not using Self Bunded Tanks (SBTs) to store and dispense your fuel on-site then it’s time you considered the move. Many councils are taking advantage of this approach, delivering them greater workplace efficiencies and fantastic cost savings.
  • Helping schools wipe out waste
    Moonee Valley City Council, Victoria, is offering local schools the chance to reduce their expenses and wipe out waste for good in a brand new program.
  • Rail under pass link
    Orange City Council, New South Wales (NSW) has a new major piece of walking and bike riding infrastructure with the construction of a new rail under-pass tunnel under the Main Western Rail Line in south Orange.
  • Simple and effective flood protection
    Barossa Council, South Australia has begun a unique flood mitigation project that has innovation at its heart.
  • Old tyres become new opportunities*
    Old tyres could find a second life in your road surfaces, pavements, as sound barriers and even as fuel.
  • Girls win grants for upgrades
    Gannawarra Shire Council has been successful in receiving three grants from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s 2018/2019 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.
  • Students pitch council on waste innovation
    City of Canning’s first ever Pitch It! event indicates a bright future for Western Australia with some of Perth’s smartest students coming together to pitch their waste app ideas.
  • Fairies at the bottom of Valentine Park
    Northern Midlands Council was an eager participant in Magical Parks this year celebrating Parks Week, 2018.
  • Reef guard action
    Cairns Regional Council will introduce a smart monitoring program for urban stormwater to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Pond becomes native sanctuary
    Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government’s Conservation Research team is providing a new habitat for birds and native fish with the ongoing transformation of Upper Stranger Pond.
  • On trial
    Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria, is trialling electric vehicles for potential inclusion in its fleet in an ongoing commitment towards carbon neutrality.
  • Developing international asset management standards*
    By Martin Kerr, CFAM, AMBok Team Member Asset Management Council of Australia representative to the Australian Delegation to ISO/TC251 Committee (continuation of ISO5500x committee)
  • Lang Lang community and recreation precinct
    Cardinia Shire, Victoria, will partner with Lang Lang Community Bank and the Australian Government to deliver a new $10 million recreation precinct for the Lang Lang and surrounding communities, replacing the outdated facilities at the showground.
  • Cemeteries benefit from upgrades
    Snowy Monaro Regional Council, New South Wales, has completed three Stronger Communities Fund (SCF) Major Projects with cemeteries across the region benefiting from recent upgrades.
  • Council budgets are being blown away on unsealed roads*
  • Corridor plan is grounded in science
    Redland City Council, Queensland, has adopted a new Wildlife Connections Plan 2018-2028 providing priority actions for the management, protection and enhancement of a network of core wildlife corridors across the city.
  • Is your council a member yet?*
    Dial Before You Dig is a not for profit organisation that delivers a vital national community service designed to assist in preventing damage and disruption to Australia’s vast infrastructure networks which provide essential services used every day.
  • Joint effort on road upgrade
    Three councils with a shared vision have jointly delivered a $12.52 million upgrade to their local road network on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsular.
  • Join the Evolution Revolution at Ozwater’18 in Brisbane*
    The Ozwater’18 Conference and Exhibition is Australia’s international water conference and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Gillies Bridge a treasure
    Cessnock City Council will shortly be undertaking works to refurbish Gillies Bridge, Lovedale, to increase the life-span of the unique bridge and improve the safety of road users.
  • Developing international asset management standards
    By Martin Kerr, CFAM, AMBok Team Member Asset Management Council of Australia Representative to the Australian Delegation to ISO/TC251 Committee (continuation of ISO5500x committee)
  • Water, water, everywhere
    Wollondilly Shire Council has officially launched its new water refill stations which have been installed across the Shire.
  • Root cells protect roads from trees
    The City of Canning is the first council in Western Australia to trial the use of root cell technology under a busy road in what is hoped to be a solution for tree root damage to roads.
  • Parks upgrade reflects community vision
    City of Charles Sturt, South Australia, has officially opened Point Malcolm Reserve a newly reinvented $1.2 million recreation destination in Semaphore Park.
  • Milestone reached
    Logan City Council’s new water reservoir being built at Logan Village to cater for the area’s fast-growing population is one step closer to completion.
  • Watermelon fun in waterpark
    Western Downs Regional Council, Queensland, will use ultra-modern water-saving technology when construction begins on the new Chinchilla Botanic Parklands where Australian megafauna, watermelons and the region’s Indigenous history will be the centrepiece.
  • Council invests in green bonds
    Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has voted to include green bonds in their investment portfolio for the first time.
  • Safe chemical waste disposal*
    Thanks to the 357 local government councils who host agricultural and veterinary chemical container sites, Australian property owners have diverted millions of tonnes of agricultural waste from landfill towards recycling projects or safe disposal.
  • A new paradigm needed to guide the growth of our cities and regions*
    By Roger Gibbins and Sasha Lennon
  • World class facility
    City of Parramatta, New South Wales has delivered a highly functional, state-of-the-art sport and recreation park with a transformation costing $11.23 million.