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STATE REPORT: VICTORIA Steve Robertson Chief Executive Officer MWOA/NWOA

The year started with a bang with our first event being the MWOA Public Works Charity Golf Day. It was a hot day with the barometer reaching 37C as The Sands at Torquay turned it on. Despite below average rainfall for the summer the course was in great condition and all 96 players enjoyed a breakfast, fine golf and a hearty lunch… and no SNAKES! A big thank you to the team at The Sands for a great day. A big thank you too for our sponsors who’s support makes the day possible.

The first of our meetings was held in Gippsland where we again had a reasonable turnout to The Black Tie in Warragul. Unfortunately, our guest presenter pulled out at short notice so after a few frantic phone calls I managed to get on to Terry Barridge from the Warragul Toastmasters Association who gladly filled the void. Terry is a seafarer and shared some of his stories, the point of all was to plan, then plan, and then plan some more. He relayed a story of sailing a yacht from the Timor Sea down the East Coast where he learnt a valuable lesson on planning. But more than that it was a lesson on it not being enough to just ask the question, you must take the additional steps to ensure you have all of the correct equipment, maps and permits. In this instance Terry asked the question of the yacht’s skipper but despite feeling uneasy and little sceptical he left it at that. Some days later they ran aground on The Great Barrier Reef where they lay stricken for some days until help arrived in the form of the Navy. Needless to say, it was a valuable lesson and one he was happy to share.

Main Sponsor, Hole, & NTP SuperSealing (and Hole in One Sponsor for $1k) Hole & NTP Sponsors Delnorth Hole Sponsors Avery Dennison, City Circle, Hiway Stabilizers, RSP Environmental, The Drain Man, Quicklock, Durkin Construction, Katam Drainage Door Prizes R & S Grating & De Neefe Signs NT-Flag (Bunker) Dial Before You Dig We have also held a meeting at the Bendigo Airport where we were treated to a presentation Winners: C Pascoe, T Gellatly, A Jones by Ben Devanny – Manager, Business Services, City of Greater Bendigo, who spoke about the Again, many thanks to our sponsors for their expansion of the airport to accommodate Qantas. support. Keep an eye out for next year’s date Qantas will soon fly Bendigo – Sydney direct - TBC. As good as The Sands has been, we twice daily in what can only be described as a are open to a new course and new venue and coup for the local economy. Thank you to Tony welcome your suggestions.

Gellatly of City of Greater Bendigo for organising the meeting, venue, speaker and lunch. He did a great job. Well done. The Central meeting also saw the retirement of Col Sheppard of Gannawarra Shire Council who after many years as Secretary of the Central Branch stepped aside to allow the younger and more vibrant (and some might say more attractive?) Brett Quarrier of Mt Alexander Shire. Col has served MWOA, its members, sponsors and supporters for many years and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his services. Col has and is a strong advocate for MWOA and we hope he will remain connected for years to come. We continue to roll out across the State with our regional meetings and are always keen to hear from you our members, sponsors and supporters and what, when, where and why… well maybe not the why but certainly we welcome your feedback and ideas. The “National Works & Engineering Conference” this year will be back at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds in Bendigo. The dates this year are the 19th & 20th of September and we are working on the program as we speak. If you have any suggestions on topics, training or demonstrations, please give me a call.

Alan Jones, Stephen Robertson, Cameron Pascoe, Tony Gellatly

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STATE REPORT: QUEENSLAND Brian Weeks President Works Officers Association of Queensland

Hello From Queensland, We are currently busy planning the coming year. We have a Corporate Dinner planned for Friday 15th March at the Beaudesert RSL Club. These nights are intended to be a social event and allow both Corporate and General Members to catch up over a meal and a few drinks. We are also planning a Tech Tour of the Komatsu Workshops in Brisbane. This will be on Friday 31st May. The major event for the year will again be the Phil Lakey Memorial Golf Day and Networking Night, to be held on Saturday 7th December at RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast .Last year’s event was the first at this venue and proved to be very successful with all participants enjoying a quality golf course, even if some of the golf may not have achieved the same high standard. The night will include our AGM with members voting for Executive and General Committee this year.

STATE REPORT: TASMANIA Peter Donato President Tasmanian Association of Municipal Supervisors

2019 International Public Works Conference – Hobart This year the Tasmanian Works and Engineering Conference will not be held, as our normal Conference Partner the IPWEA will be hosting the 2019 International Public Works Conference and our TAMS members will be assisting with this. The full conference program will run over 5 days, however there will be a ‘TAMS’ stream on the final day with a ‘Works focus to this steam. Additional information is available on the conference website au. It promises to be an outstanding opportunity to see, hear and learn about the latest in Public Works. 2018 Tasmanian Works and Engineering Conference The conference last year was held on the North West Coast. It was based at the ‘paranaple convention centre’ Devonport on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November 2018. The conference was well attended with some excellent presentation. The new centre was widely regards as an excellent new addition to the Devonport area for this type of event. Thanks must go to the organising committee for a wonderful event and for the time spent in realising this. But also to the conference delegates and all important sponsors who made the event possible. Lance Holmes Award There annual Lance Holmes Awards which are aimed to encourage professional development opportunities for applicants working in associated organisations in Tasmania. The award is up to the value of $1,500, to enable the successful applicants to: Participate in an exchange program, or Attend an approved training program, or Attend an approved conference or other training opportunity in Australia.

Please refer to the website for how to apply for the award. Meg Lorang was latest recipient of the award and provided an insightful summary of how the award benefited her and her organisation at our Annual General Meeting. Bree Hunter from the City of Hobart has been approved for the award for 2018. We look forward to learning of how this award will benefit her in her career. Congratulation Bree. Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting was held in October at Ross, the Annual report was presented and election of the Management Committee positions was held with the following now consisting of our new team: Vice President – Leigh Sear Public Officer – Paul Medhurst Secretary – John Jago Committee Member – Greg Osborne Committee Member – Curtis Ward Congratulation to the above for their election to these positions. They join the current serving committee members. Upcoming Events A social event is currently being organised, please stay tuned to our website for details of this and upcoming meetings. TAMS Enquiries Should you have any queries in relation to upcoming events please contact any of the TAMS management committee via the details on the website. www.tasams. Peter Donato President TAMS

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Shoalhaven City Council optimises landfill use with machine guidance technology

Peter Windley, Team Coordinator Waste Operations, Shoalhaven City Council waste services was looking to improve machine efficiency, maximise air space and extend the landfill life of the West Nowra landfill site. In particular, Mr Windley wanted to use GNSS technology on the site’s landfill compactor. To achieve these goals, Position Partners worked with Shoalhaven City Council to implement the Carlson LandfillGrade machine guidance system. “Overall reduction of landfilling is certainly an organisational goal for Shoalhaven City Council Waste Operations,” he said. “Maximising air space within our current landfills is a major factor in our strategic planning and, when used in conjunction with effective resource recovery activities, will ensure we prolong the landfill lifespan.” “We conducted a trial of the Carlson LandfillGrade system in partnership with Position Partners,” Mr Windley added. “The system was fitted to our existing landfill compactor at the West Nowra landfill site. The results have been extraordinary.” Why did Shoalhaven City Council choose the Carlson LandfillGrade machine guidance system? The West Nowra landfill site required a technology solution that would complement the sites’ current strategy and allow Mr Windley’s team to be agile in its recycling and waste operations and continue to provide residents with state-of-the-art waste management services.

Following the trial with Position Partners, the team at West Nowra landfill site kept the Carlson LandfillGrade installed on their Tana E520 landfill compacter and now have plans to include a rover unit on the site in 2019. Mr Windley has found that the Tana E520 landfill compacter and the Carlson LandfillGrade from Position Partners work together seamlessly. “It is a natural fit and we have seen some excellent results in air space savings and significant reductions in filling and compaction costs,” Windley said. Benefits of implementing the Carlson LandfillGrade machine guidance system Prior to implementing the Carlson LandfillGrade from Position Partners, the West Nowra team struggled to ensure consistent landfilling practice with inconsistent filling and considerable reworking a common problem. “This was very time consuming and inconsistent filling was very common, requiring considerable reworking at times,” he said. “Supervisory staff had to hold tip face, regular meetings multiple times per week and at shift changes just to ensure consistent landfilling practice.” “These issues are now a thing of the past, our compaction rates have increased, cell filling is exact, we use significantly less cover material and have seen considerable reduction in fuel usage,” he added

Mr Windley found that the Carlson LandfillGrade from Position Partners was the best fit for the Shoalhaven City Council landfill site for a wide range of reasons, including: Improvements in airspace utilisation and maximised compaction to reach optimum density in less time; The ability to measure waste volume and density daily; The ability to import weighbridge data for accurate daily density calculations; Minimise daily cover use in accurately measuring cover material; Track waste compaction (deflection and pass counts) in real-time; Determine slope and grade management; Assist operators to eliminate overfill for outer design slopes and need for rectification; GPS locate and record hazardous waste within landfill cell; Record actual material placement; The ability to locate and track avoidance zones such as gas wells and hazardous material placement; To provide connectivity of machines and office; Remote monitoring of machines and work completed; Provide historical playback for machines and material placement; Easily generate airspace, daily density and volume reports. “The reporting and monitoring features of this system are excellent,” he said. “The 3D replay feature is great for operator tool box talks and issues relating to multiple operators and continuity on a filling face over seven days have been eliminated entirely. They just follow the design on the screen.” The importance of service and support during purchasing and implementation One of the major factors that Mr Windley took into consideration when choosing to implement Carlson LandfillGrade machine guidance technology was the service and support offered by Position Partners. “Dieter, from the landfill and mining section of Position Partners, has been excellent, he has conducted

training sessions for our team and provided a thorough level of support,” he said. “The improvements to our disposal cell areas and filling activities are substantial. Operators have been able to fill according to the exact design, with reduced machine passes and use minimal cover. Saving time, cost and maximising air space utilisation,” he added. “Every landfill operator should consider this technology to maximise landfill life and reduce costs.” About Shoalhaven City Council Shoalhaven City Council waste services is responsible for recycling, resource recovery and waste disposal activities for a local government area of approximately 5,000km² and 100,000 residents. Shoalhaven City Council is committed to finding the most effective ways to reduce, reuse and recycle for its communities and offer its residents contemporary facilities and leading technologies to reduce waste in the environment. Peter Windley, Team Coordinator Waste Operations with Shoalhaven City Council, leads a team of 56 staff that manage daily operations at Shoalhaven City Council’s 10 recycling and waste facilities including two landfills, transfer stations at each site, a pre-booked garden organics and bulky goods collection service, 10 Community Recycling Centres (CRC’s), seven buyback recycling shops and three former landfills.

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ennards Hire Test & Measure hires innovative and leading-edge testing, safety and measurement equipment suitable for applications in data analysis, electronics, pipe and sewer and general instrumentation. Catering to the needs of municipal works officers, Kennards Hire Test & Measure offer a range of equipment that makes their work easier. Included in Kennards Hire’s extensive Test & Measure product mix is a range of ground penetrating radar designed for varying applications, including the Utility Ground Penetrating Radar which has been used by municipal works officers with great results.

It is well known that plans often do not reflect the real situation on the ground. Often they are dated, inaccurate and municipal works officers who use them as their sole reference point do so at their own risk. When new works are undertaken and an excavator breaches a water pipe that no one knew was in that position, it can cost time, money, and goodwill from local residents and business owners who are without water for hours or even days whilst the damage is

being repaired. The Utility Ground Penetrating Radar allows users to detect both conductive and non-conductive underground utilities using wide-band radar technology, including water pipes, and electrical cables up to eight metres in depth. A real benefit in using this product is the technology. It features a high-resolution touch screen that allows users to draw arrows on the screen to highlight features of interest. Screenshots and tables can be saved as JPegs and emailed to colleagues using Wi - FI, data and images can be exported via USB for archiving or inclusion in reports. All these features increase productivity as well as supplying proof of the existence of utilities. Kennards Hire chose this unit over its competitors because of its easy to set up and use. Some competitive products have taken four hours to set up and calibrate, but the Utility Ground Penetrating Radar can be set up and working in minutes. Whilst it may

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AF Gason Pty Ltd in Ararat Victoria is an Australian manufacturer of Agricultural & Industrial machinery with over 70 years experience that began as a tractor cab producer in 1947. For more than a decade Gason have been manufacturing a range of mowers and slashers from 6ft/1.8m to 41ft/12.5m for Public Works to Agriculture applications which has been the result of the acquisition of Chris Grow (CGE) Mowers and Slashers in 2010 as well as continued research and development from then onwards. The Public Works models are used for roadside verge, parks maintenance, forestry services and the open green areas of airports and military bases around Australia. Gason have an Australia wide dealer network and their sales team can advise a suitable model for any application. The founding father was Mr Frank Gason and the company remains a family owned business today with second, third and fourth generation family members occupying key roles within the business’s day to day management. CGE started designing and manufacturing the award winning Mowers and Slashers in 1977 and exported to USA, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand. CGE was the first Australian agricultural machinery manufacturer to be European Certified (EC) based on the stringent standards in the European Union (EU)’ in 1999. Chris Grow works closely with Technical Services Director Greg Gason to keep model innovation at the forefront. Gason is a true blue Aussie firm and a significant regional employer with 180 staff over three plants in Victoria and welcomes clients to tour the modern factory/head office in Ararat 200km west of Melbourne. The Public Works models are a fully featured VHD ‘’Very Heavy Duty’’ Slasher range and stems from operator input to gain the best performance and ground use efficiency. Models start with 3 Point Linkage (3PL) tractor mounted Single Rotor slashers of 6ft/1.8m & 7ft/2.1m, Taper Back and 7ft/2.1m & 8ft/2.4m Straight Deck. Twin Rotor centre mount 3PL and the versatile ‘’on the move’’ hydraulic Side Shift 8ft/2.4m model that offers 1.95m offset to left or 1.65m right from centre of Tractor. Twin Rotor 10ft/3.0m & 12ft/3.6m are centre mount 3PL. The tractor drawn range start with 10ft/3.0m & 12ft/3.6m Twin Rotor Flat Deck, 15ft/4.6m & 20ft/6.1m Triple Rotor Delta Flex Wing, 24ft/7.3m Four Rotor Winged and 35ft/10.7m & 41ft/12.5m Six Rotor Winged for wide green areas. All models comply to the February 2011 Slasher Directive “A Guide to Health and Safety Standard”. SINGLE ROTOR Clean top fall away deck reduces mulch and seed build up and easy cleaned via blower or hose, no grass covered trip points whilst operator is servicing or adjusting. Tapered back design reduces turning radius and allows cutting close to fences/road posts etc. The 3PL connection to tractor is world class. Centre mount and offset to left linkage position is used to favour road verge/fence line work. Cat 2 & 3 and USA Cat 3 quick hitch frame compatible gives the entire operator hook up practice respected by OHS authorities. 3PL top link connection float or lock bracket gives the versatility of fine float for low cutting with rear wheels so the slasher will not bottom out on the skids if the tractor wheels travel through a drain or rut. This is a major problem for height control with slashers with a fold down chain brace secured headstock/tower.

SINGLE ROTOR (CONTINUED) For use in rugged and steep terrain (e.g. banks, bridges and going through creeks) just reposition the pin for full floatation. Refer attached photos “Top Link Connection & Float”. The floating bracket has a limiting stop to prevent the slasher body rising too high causing possible damage to the Power Take Off (PTO) shaft to the tractor that could cause injury. Chain towers don’t and have a polyurethane shock absorber pad to softly reconnect as the machine is lifted. A well proven part from use with broadacre tillage equipment. Wheels on this model are one pivot king pin single or dual wheels giving a very stable platform and not losing any benefit on the turning radius a tapered back swing delivers. The wheel kit comes standard with a screw type adjuster to set cutting height. The secondary screw adjuster mounted on the wheel main arm to the pivot allows for perfect setting to the king pin to remain vertical. This allows the wheels to castor around with the cutting height remaining the same. This feature is important for those Shires that are responsible for the grounds maintenance of the surrounds of sporting fields and complexes. Rapid operator/drivers with forward/reverse shuttle shift gears just think this is fantastic. There are several contactors who are extremely pleased with the hydraulic fold up wheel option which instantly allows the operator to control from the tractor seat the ability to fold up and inwards over the deck – the complete wheel assembly to reverse into corners/fences shrubbery etc. No more limitations from two individual wheel arms pinned at set height out the rear backing into unknown obstacles. TWIN ROTOR The 8ft/2.4m Taper Back models have similar features to the Single Rotor and are manufactured to give the widest possible cutting width to an overall road legal size of 8.2ft/2.5m with a choice of rear wheels or roller. 10ft/3.0m & 12ft/3.6m have optional wheel kits. TRIPLE ROTOR The 15ft/4.6mt. & 20ft/6.1mt. Delta Flex Wing Slashers are fitted with six wide profile floatation tyres on the rear and can have optional front wing caster wheels to prevent scalping of undulations when low cutting, especially for Air Field work. Units our easily road transported as wing fold to road legal width. FOUR & SIX ROTOR 24ft/7.3mt., 35ft/10.7mt. & 41ft/12.5mt. Winged slashers suit the Broadacre wide green areas such as Airports & Military Bases where high Air Traffic movements limits when the slasher can be used so a requirement to cover as much ground as possible whilst working.

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CLIENT: KOMATSU AUSTRALIA SUBJECT: GRADER ‘PURPOSE BUILT’ FOR HERITAGE AREA. Ken Grierson takes his job on Tasmania’s Sorell Council very seriously. He’s the Works Programmer – Roads in charge with the upkeep of 152 kilometres of gravel roads and lanes that link the villages in the historic shire, just east of Hobart.

is mainly desk bound. Neville still drives as part of the capital works team which concentrates on 245 km of sealed roads in the shire. “Most of the gravel roads are on a 12-week maintenance cycle and all see a blade at least twice a year,” Ken says.

Ken and his brother Neville – plant operator – both now in their 60s, can lay claim to having been the principle carers for Sorell’s roads for 45 years.

Its an exacting task. Sorell is one of Australia’s oldest communities, first formed in the early 1800s, and many of its rural arteries are narrow and tortuous.

They started working on pick and shovels for the council where their great grandfather had been chief clerk another half century earlier.

“For the past ten years we’ve had a grader with a fourteen-foot blade and it’s been difficult. It was too large for the roads,” he said.

It’s a matter of some pride and perhaps even family responsibility, that the roads of Sorell, which link north and south Tasmania, form a gateway to the east coast and Port Arthur, and importantly keep the local rural population connected, remain in good shape.

But this year there’s a new blade in town. In accordance with its ten-year capex cycle, council bought a new grader – its first Komatsu, a GD555-5, and most importantly for Ken, it has a 12-foot blade.

Ken Grierson works on maintenance and these days

“It allows far more precision and it offers a lot more visibility from the cab in every direction,” Ken said.

Productivity is up, costs are down and most importantly a new policy to have the equipment serviced by Komatsu either remotely or at its nearby depot, has introduced new efficiency. Sorell Council took the opportunity to hire two new operators under Ken’s guidance at the time of the grader purchase. “They’re using the new Intelligent Topcon machine control system which plots and calculates optimum run off from the crown of the road,” Ken said. Ken favours a four-to-six percent camber change on his roads, taking-into-account rainfall and drainage requirements in Tasmania’s climate. “There’s still a need for seat-of-the-pants feel, but to have GPS plotting on board introduces a new accuracy that improves precision,” he said. Ken expects his new grader to clock up 800-1000 hours in its first year on a nine day a fortnight work cycle with the tenth day used for planned downtime and maintenance. “We’re doing as much work as we did previously, but we’re doing it easier and with greater efficiency,” he said. Ken has not yet commissioned KOMTRAX, Komatsu’s invaluable satellite-based monitoring system. It’s an action item for the next service. “When Neville and I were on the shovels we learned to be nice to the grader drivers, because otherwise they’d make sure they heaped the roads with rocks

and rubble which we had to clean up,” he said. “These days the machines are looking after us far better than the operators ever did.” Ken’s only regret – he’s not yet driven the new grader. “I’ve sat in it in the depot and its totally different to anything we’ve had before – especially the vision out of it which is really outstanding,” he said. “I’ve put my name down as relief driver – maybe someday.” Ends….

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