Focus On... Engineering & public works

  • Heat mapping the Barossa
    Barossa Council, South Australia, is working with Airborne Research Australia (ARA) to create initial heat maps of the Tanunda Urban Forest Project (TUFP) area.
  • Young mum says thanks for park upgrade
    Upgrades by Balonne Shire Council, Queensland, to St George’s Lions Park on the river foreshore are much appreciated by parents of young children, according to local mother of two.
  • Choosing the right barbecue for your public space*
    On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon our local parks and public facilities are full of families and friends enjoying their weekends together.
  • Curbing speed with technology
    Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has installed four Vehicle Activated Speed Signs as part of its strategy to reduce speeding across the region.
  • Clever garbage tests network
    The City of Greater Bendigo’s Internet of Things Network has been recognised for its innovative project winning the national prize in the iTNews Benchmark Awards for 2019.
  • Come play on the Village Green
    The Northern Midlands Council, Tasmania, has announced the completion of the third and final stage of the Longford Village Green Playground.
  • Waste levy wanted
    The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on the New South Wales (NSW) Government to return waste levy money collected in Western Sydney back to the region.
  • ‘Smart park’ made even smarter
    Taking the kids down the park to play is one of life’s simple pleasures…but sometimes you need to stay connected while you’re down there.
  • New playground worth the wait
    Hornsby Shire Council, New South Wales, has celebrated the completion of the Waitara Park playground and Orara Park green space with a community play day.
  • Renewed interest drives track upgrade
    The major redevelopment of an important community resource in Adelaide’s West is set for completion in April.
  • A dose of culture while you recharge
    Dubbo Regional Council, New South Wales, has worked closely with TESLA and NRMA to deliver the region’s first public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.
  • Watsons Bay upgrade
    Woollahra Council, New South, Wales, has delivered a facelift and functional upgrade to the foreshore at Watsons Bay, one of Sydney’s most popular tourist attractions
  • Community hub gets the nod
    City of Mount Gambier, South Australia, has welcomed the Federal Government approval of $15 million under the Regional Grant Fund for the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub project.
  • Waterwise garden shows how
    Shire of Mundaring, Western Australia (WA), has established a native plant demonstration garden that is both innovative and informative.
  • Foamstream pure weed control*
    A safe and effective alternative solution helps local authorities reduce their reliance on herbicides.
  • Container refund scheme declared a success
    Last month’s grand opening of the Container Refund Scheme was a great success for local residents, Maranoa Regional Council ‘Queensland’ and the environment.
  • A new era of improved transparency and accountability
    Cities of Parramatta, Cumberland and Inner West, New South Wales (NSW), have joined forces to establish an innovative Internal Ombudsman Shared Service.
  • Sewer lining saves time and money
    Fraser Coast Regional Council, Queensland, is relining almost 20km of sewers this financial year as part of a $5.17 million project to maintain and improve the region’s wastewater network.
  • Country kids flip out over mobile skate park
    The faces of the children at the Goovigen State School lit up when Banana Shire Council, Queensland, delivered and set-up the portable skate park in town in early February.
  • Towing safety – more than meets the eye*
    Fleet operators are subject to a variety of mandatory on-road safety and legal obligations imposed by today’s regulators.
  • Road upgrade from recycled tyres
    Somerset Regional Council, Queensland, has completed a $700,000 roads upgrade using recycled crumbed rubber from waste tyres.
  • Green footpath trial
    Crushed glass sand and recycled plastic strips have been used in a Hunter region - first footpath construction project trialling environmentally sustainable materials.
  • Clean technology conference*
    The Australian Cleantech sector will meet for the first time at a new National Conference.
  • Irrigation system is a winner
    The City of Greater Geraldton, Western Australia (WA), has developed a new irrigation system that reduces the need for scheme water.
  • Major streetlighting upgrade
    City of Glen Eira, Victoria, has commenced a project to install approximately 3,000 high performance and energy efficient LED streetlights.
  • Endorsing sustainability
    Blue Mountains City Council, New South Wales, is pursuing three new sustainability initiatives in order to achieve a more sustainable Blue Mountains, in line with its community-endorsed Community Strategic Plan.
  • Virtual parking permits become a reality for Mosman*
    Smarter City Solutions recently embarked on an exciting project with Mosman Council New South Wales, to provide an enhanced experience to its residents for purchasing and managing Residential Parking Permits online.
  • Less than half a percent
    Bega Valley Shire Council, New South Wales (NSW), is leading from the front with its introduction of the Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside collection service and the community’s willingness to embrace change is demonstrated in record low contamination rates.
  • Unsealed roads: hidden asset revealed*
  • Skate Park refreshed for school holidays
    Scooter riders Tana McDowell, Joel and Angus Young from The Hills Shire, New South Wales, have given the revitalised Balcombe Heights Reserve Skate Park the thumbs up.
  • Recycle Street
    With the growing population and increasing demand on waste and recycling centres, City of Gold Coast has invested in a recycling initiative designed to make recycling easier.
  • The beauty of turning old into new*
    The Eltham Leisure Centre, Victoria, was constructed in 1981 and while the gym and sporting buildings have undergone some upgrades since being built, the aquatic section had not.
  • Trackless, driverless, electric trams
    Liverpool City Council, New South Wales, and Curtin University have announced a joint research partnership in Western Sydney on trackless trams – driverless, rechargeable electric vehicles guided by GPS that can operate at a fraction of the cost of light rail.