COUNCIL EFFICIENCIES THROUGH SOUND CAPITAL INVESTMENT

Yesterday I spent a few hours at the Neilson Park Sewerage Treatment Plant as part of the advertised Public Open Day. To be honest, the turnout was pretty poor which was a shame because there was a lot information on offer by some very dedicated and enthusiastic staff. 

I, for one,  came away from the day with a far greater understanding of the operational aspects of STPs, the wider reticulation system and the significant operational hurdles faced by our staff on a day-to-day basis.

Perhaps though, one of the aspects that was highlighted the most was the need to keep up with modern technology to ensure that we maximise our efficiencies on a whole-of-life basis.

Here’s a prime example of how two recent and almost identical jobs were handled and the financial impact of each – one using traditional methods and the other using modern technology.

Staff recently had to repair a broken sewer main in Trevor’s Road, Bargara which was located 4.5 metres underground. They later had to repair an almost identical pipe at the same depth in a neighbouring street. (Pipes have to be graduated to such depths to provide sufficient gradient for the system to work effectively.)

The first job had to be carried out using the traditional method of digging up a road, creating a huge cavity to get to a 4.5 depth and then shoring up the sandy walls to prevent a potential collapse. The damaged metre-long section of pipe was cut out and a new section inserted before the site was filled and the road surface repatriated to its original state. 
Total approximate cost for the job = $60,000.

The second job was also on a sewer pipe at a 4.5 metre depth. On this occasion, modern technology was available and it was able to be repaired utilising a robotic camera and a length of special pneumatic cylindrical bladder which inflates to apply a polyfibre/resin sleeve from within the pipe itself. This completey sealed and strengthened it without the need to excavate the site. The seal is quoted as being 5 times stronger than the original pipe that it’s repairing and gauranteed for fifty years!
Total approximate cost for the job = $4,000.

Savings from just three similar jobs would adequately cover the entire capital cost of purchasing the specialised equipment that was used with further returns on investment obvious from subsequent jobs.

Admittedly, the above examples are one of the more extreme comparisons however the crew which operates this equipment typically conducts about two repairs per day and, even with more marginal savings on each one, the overall cost benefits are beyond doubt.

Many of the services provided by Council are taken for granted and this is especially the case with sub-surface infrastruture (out of sight, out of mind).  I’m convinced that many ratepayers would be interested in receiving more feedback on these practical issues to keep them in touch with where and how their money is being spent (invested?).

Whilst Council is already proposing to expand its use of media such as YouTube as part of its newly-adopted communications strategy, I’ll be recommending that it also includes demonstrations of operational activities to explain how some of its day-to-day functions are carried out and the tasks that have to be overcome.

The next Public Open Day will be held at the:

Kalkie Water Treatment Plant
10.00am & 2.00pm on Saturday 12th October
(closed footwear essential)

and whilst the focus will be on water treatment, I’ve asked that the sewerage treatment information and displays from yesterday’s exercise be made available as well.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Latest News

THE VALUE OF TESTIMONIALS
Posted on by gregbarnes

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is to receive positive feedback from members of the community regarding … Continue reading



Posted on by gregbarnes

PUBLIC STATEMENT Cr Greg Barnes, Representative for Division 5 20/03/2020 The Office of the Independent Assessor (OIA) has released the … Continue reading


POLITICAL HANDS-OFF FOR MEET & GREET SESSIONS
Posted on by gregbarnes


NOMINATION FOR DIVISION 5 RE-ELECTION LODGED
Posted on by gregbarnes

I have today nominated for re-election as the representative for Division 5 of the Bundaberg Regional Council. 20 years of … Continue reading


MONEY’S CREEK MOTION VOTED DOWN
Posted on by gregbarnes

Yesterday,17th December, I put forward the following Notice of Motion regarding the issues facing Money’s Creek:- That Council:  Create a … Continue reading


NOTICE OF MOTION – MONEY’S CREEK UPPER LAGOON
Posted on by gregbarnes

This morning I have given notice that at the next Ordinary Meeting of Council scheduled  for Tuesday 17th December 2019, … Continue reading


RESIGNATION FROM SISTER CITIES COMMITTEE
Posted on by gregbarnes

This afternoon I tendered my resignation from Council’s Sister City Advisory Committee (SCAC), effective immediately and for person reasons.


BRC DISASTER DASHBOARD
Posted on by gregbarnes

I know that I repeat this message every year as we approach the storm/fire season however I think that it’s … Continue reading


REQUEST SUBMITTED FOR BARGARA ROAD TURN-OFF LANE
Posted on by gregbarnes


NIELSON PARK UPGRADES
Posted on by gregbarnes

Having received several requests for improved picnic infrastructure at the northern end of Nielson Park, I’m pleased to advise that … Continue reading



View older news items

Hosted by Edge Online