Focus On... Engineering, Public Works & Community infrastructure

  • Road safety project leads the way
    A project of Mildura Rural City Council, Victoria, has taken out one of Australasia’s most prestigious road safety awards – the 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award.
  • Mowing Technology Roadmap for local government*
    Local government mowing operations need to be productive and safe while meeting social expectations about environmental factors and enjoyment of public spaces.
  • Building bridges
    Faced with the high costs of a limited supply of concrete bridge components, Coffs Harbour City Council, New South Wales, has taken the innovative – and unusual – step of setting up its own manufacturing plant in the city.
  • Swim centre celebrates half century with face lift
    Port Augusta City Council, South Australia, will upgrade the Ryan Mitchell Swim Centre after receiving $1,011,600 from the Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program (LGIPP).
  • Lakes Management Plan to improve network
    City of Palmerston, Northern Territory, has finalised its Lakes Management Plan to provide a coordinated and sustainable approach to the management of the thirteen lakes throughout the city.
  • Local duo transforms asset management system
    An asset management system transformation at Devonport City Council, Tasmania, has placed its Works staff ahead of the game in terms of real-time asset mapping and maintenance, and two dedicated staff have been leading the charge.
  • Road safety for local government fleet operators*
    Fleet management organisations (FMOs) can help local government agencies and councils create a fleet policy that covers various safety aspects to ensure that vehicles are maintained to high safety standards and drivers are well trained.
  • Aerodrome redevelopment built with teamwork
    There was a time when 5mm of rain would render the Wentworth Aerodrome unusable.
  • Research for cleaner waste water
    A partnership between Orange City Council, New South Wales, and the University of Sydney has the potential to improve the quality of the effluent released from the city’s sewage treatment plant.
  • Blended bore water is a good drop
    Goondiwindi Regional Council, Queensland, has successfully trialled blending a small percentage of water from the new Gubbermunda aquifer bore into the town’s normal river supply.
  • Increasing e-waste recycling
    City of Rockingham has received $80,000 from the Western Australian Government’s WasteSorted e-waste 2020-2021 grants, to help increase the amount and range of e-waste collected for recycling.
  • 43 waste vehicles rebranded within one week*
    Vehicle branding is fast becoming the most powerful form of community messaging for councils.
  • Cooperative planning paves the way for investment
    Hot on the heels of Glenorchy City Council’s endorsement of their Greater Glenorchy Plan, major infrastructure plans are underway for Greater Hobart, creating the golden opportunity to invest in bold and innovative precinct planning, at the local government level.
  • Bushfire recovery grant for wildlife and habitat projects
    Wollondilly Council, New South Wales, has welcomed over $50,000 worth of funding from the Federal Government to support wildlife and habitat recovery following last year’s bushfires.
  • Drinking water from thin air
    Yuelamu is one of 12 remote communities making up Central Desert Regional Council, Northern Territory.
  • John Deere joint tests its first electric-powered backhoe*
    John Deere, a leading manufacturer of construction equipment, and National Grid, an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company serving more than 20 million people throughout the United States of America’s northeast, will joint test an electric backhoe concept.
  • Waterwise work milestone
    City of Melville has been presented with a sustainable park bench, designed and made in Western Australia, to commemorate 10 years of participation in the State’s Waterwise Council Program.
  • Combined forces build a boat ramp
    Hornsby Shire Council, The Hills Shire Council and the New South Wales Government will join forces to build a new boat ramp at Wisemans Ferry.
  • New amenities give better service*
    Landmark Products has designed, manufactured and installed our first K9800 Fremantle Series Aluminium Restroom (Modified).  
  • Wastewater gets the royal treatment
    City of Logan, Queensland, has begun the first stage of more than $100 million in major upgrades to the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
  • Eye in space maps tree health
    A winning challenge from Liverpool City Council, New South Wales, has found an innovative satellite-based way to help it sustainably manage and expand the city’s tree canopy.
  • Rubber footpaths address the root cause
    Street trees are an essential part of the urban landscape across the City of Newcastle, New South Wales.
  • Permeable pavement reduces flooding*
    A high-tech paving material made from recycled tyres could have a major impact on water sustainable urban design in Australia.
  • International cycling city
    City of Wollongong, New South Wales, received recognition as a global city when it joined the ranks of Vancouver, Paris, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Bergen, following the announcement it had been awarded the UCI Bike City Label.
  • Education project unveiled
    Her Excellency, the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC, QC, Governor of New South Wales and Mr Dennis Wilson visited Muswellbrook recently and, during the visit, her Excellency laid the foundation stone for the Donald Horne Building.
  • Transforming lanes and pathways
    Charles Sturt Council, South Australia, is celebrating the completion of three high priority laneway and pathway beautification projects.
  • Shire eyes in the sky
    Shire of Esperance, Western Australia, originally established a drone program around two years ago, which has grown significantly to become an essential part of normal work processes throughout the organisation.
  • Get ready for a budget cash splash*
    If you have had anything at all to do with grants you will still be recovering from the madness of November 2020 to March 2021.
  • Bringing the creek back
    Georges River Council, New South Wales, has reinstated a creek in a large suburban park to improve water quality, stormwater harvesting and irrigation.
  • Work starts on playground for wheels
    Burnie City Council, Tasmania, has begun work on its new $480,000 playground for wheels.
  • Timber bridge restored
    Byron Shire Council, New South Wales, last month completed the timber restoration of Brunswick Heads’ iconic South Arm Bridge, which was officially opened by the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Kevin Hogan.
  • Worm farm trial
    The Hills Shire Council, New South Wales, is running a first of its kind in Australia worm farm trial in an apartment complex in North Kellyville.
  • Effective road drainage with concretes mats*
    Concrete mats offer cost and time effective solution for drainage along roads and municipal works.
  • Getting ahead of the storm
    Glen Eira City Council, Victoria, provides service excellence to its residents in getting ahead of the storms.
  • Australian road recovery*
    Funding levels for road maintenance and construction need to be spent more wisely than ever before considering the recent situation.
  • Residents are digging it with new food growing guide
    Brimbank City Council, Victoria, has developed a new Guide to Community Gardening to help residents look to the future, explore opportunities for growing food and expand their knowledge on sustainability.
  • Soft plastic recycling trial
    A first of its kind soft plastics trial by Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has seen close to five tonnes of soft plastics diverted from landfill since the trial’s commencement in November 2020.
  • University contributes to city upgrade
    The proposed first stage of Hobart’s Midtown streetscape upgrade will be partly funded by the University of Tasmania (UTas) under an agreement to provide voluntary financial contributions towards city infrastructure.