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The Magazine for the National Works Officers Association







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Autumn 2017

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ACCESS MAGAZINE is published by the National Works Officers Association and distributed Nationally to Approx 1200 members of t he National Works Officers Assoc of Australia


State Report Victoria

18 Rubber on Rubber - feature story

5 MWOA Golf Pics

26 R&S Grate News

6 State Report Tasmania

39 60 Seconds, Dates to Remeber

7 TAMS Conference Pics

PO Box 1254 Geelong Victoria 3220 PH: 0418 144460

8 State Report Western Australia 14 Komatsu quantum leap



Website: Membership Contacts: Please contact your State Representative on one of the following numbers: NSW:  0418 617762 VIC:  0418 144460 QLD: 0418 920885 TAS:  0418 143578 WA:  0429 697330 DEADLINES The deadline for Winter 2017 Edition is 15 July 2017. ADVERTISING Rates include GST NWOA Members 1/4 Page 1/2 Page Full page Inserts Non-Members 1/4 Page 1/2 Page Full page Inserts

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e are off and running again with some modifications to some of the events and timings this year. Our first event will be our MWOA Charity Golf Day which was held on Friday the third of March. Please see the attached info and once again, many thanks to our sponsors and the golf pro, Brad Alton, who presented Eynesbury at its absolute best. The year is off and running again with our first event held on the 4th March, the MWOA Charity Golf Day. The weather was excellent, low thirties, no wind, the course in pristine condition after their Pro Am last week. The course I refer to is “Eynesbury” which is just off the Western Hwy near Melton. The course professional and Golf Operations Manager is Brad Alton, who did a fantastic job in in every detail to present us with a magnificent day. This included the club set up with the ease of carts, cards, and the catering was first class. Our ever important sponsors were; Main Sponsor Supersealing (and Hole in One Sponsor for $1k) Main Support Sponsor Pickles Auctions Hole Sponsors Avery Dennison DeNeefe Signs DBYD UMS Delnorth RSP Environmental EnergySafe Victoria And a big thanks to Saferoads for the use of their new VMS board Winners C Pascoe, B Reiter, C Mariani and J Strunk Runners Up K Peterson, M Peterson, G Curren, and J Bennett

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Stephen M Robertson Chief Executive Officer, MWOA/NWOA




LD Men’s Sponsored by DBYD C Pascoe. LD Ladies C Boathas NTP 11, Sponsored by Supersealing, L Dymott NTP 3 - L Pegg, NTP - 8, S Matheson, NTP 15 - M Peterson

Many thanks to our sponsors as there were an abundance of prizes for the winners and placegetters. As per normal, after two years we move and if you wish to book early, we will be back at “The Torquay Sands” next year, the exact date TBC around their Pro Am. The first General Meeting in Melbourne will be a day meeting with the topic being the ever importance of “WHY” Mental Health is Important for everyone. We have Wayne Schwass to speak on his experiences and will cover many aspects of this debilitating illness. We will also cover Worksafe Victoria’s expectations of the employer. The audience will gain an insight into clinical depression through Wayne’s personal experiences. He will share his own personal journey and the long road regaining control and reclaiming his life. The “National Works & Engineering Conference” this year will be back at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds in Bendigo. The dates this year are the 31st August and the 1st September (a little early but out of our hands) 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.

S ASSOC. ON Winning team with 14 under Cameron Pascoe, Cid Mariani and Ben Reiter (missing Justin Strunk )

The boys from ESG

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The boys from Ballarat

Losing team, Robbo’s plus 2. The closest we will ever get to the trophy.

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Peter Donato President Tasmanian Association of Municipal Supervisors

TASMANIAN WORKS & ENGINEERING CONFERENCE 28 and 29 October 2016 Country Club Casino - Launceston th


The conference was a great success, with positive reports from both exhibitors and delegates, the program content was quite broad and had a bit of something for everyone. The trade show and booths provided an excellent array of products and topics to get everyone interested and involved in good discussion and networking. A special thank you to these sponsors who took the time to show off your products and services, I am sure you received many new business enquiries from this investment. The conference was finished off with a very enjoyable dinner and some excellent entertainment that evening at I am sure was enjoyed by all. The Technical Tour on the Saturday morning was also well attended which involved a trip to Hudson Civil Products manufacturing facility in Prospect, that gave a great understanding on how these precast products are made, but also revealed some products that some of us were unaware of. We also inspected an interesting Stormwater detention system in King Meadows, looked at the redevelopment of the Quadrant Mall in Launceston and inspected the early development of a nature based play area in Prospect, which will be interesting to look at once completed. Special tanks go to the organising committee for arranging such an interesting event and to all those who supported it from delegates to sponsors. Up & Coming Events Social Golf Day and Ordinary General Meeting – 17th March 2016 The TAMS Golf Day we are looking at combining our Annual Golf Day and an Ordinary General Meeting at Campbell Town Golf Club this year. The decision has been made to make the day central to the state to make it more accessible to all and while we have everyone together, we will take the opportunity to have run an Ordinary General Meeting. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact myself or any of our members for more information. Field Day and Ordinary General Meeting August 2017 (date and location to be confirmed)

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This year we are looking at holding the field day in the North West Region, depending on available projects, it is always a good day for inspecting interesting works and networking with like individuals. Stay tuned to our website for more information. TASMANIAN WORKS & ENGINEERING CONFERENCE 2017 3rd and 4th November 2017 Royal Hobart Showgrounds - Hobart The conference this year will return to Hobart and to a new venue. The Royal Hobart Showgrounds will provide for an exciting new program and opportunities. The organising is still in its infancy but be sure to add the dates to your calendar so not to miss out on this exciting event. With the always informative Trade Show and Speakers program on the Friday and maybe something a bit different from previous years, with dinner on Friday night at the Hobart Casino and the interesting Technical Tour on Saturday morning. Should you have any queries on the conference please do not hesitate to contact any of our committee. TAMS Membership If you or a colleague have any interest in joining TAMS please do not hesitate to contact Peter Donato at I would be happy to discuss the benefits of membership to yourself and your organisation. 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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STATE REPORT: Western Australia


Arthur Cousins President WA Local Government Supervisors Association

ollowing the great success of last years conference and growing numbers of Full and Corporate members, this year’s conference is already attracting great interest with the demand for Trade displays even more than last year (which was a sell out). With a reshuffle, another 6 internal stands will be available for this year’s Conference and Trade Exhibition, which will be held at the Mercure Sanctuary Golf Resort, Bunbury on 10-11 August 2017, followed by our Annual General Meeting.


in an informal setting, will be held on 9 August, followed by a presentation dinner and loads of fun and antics. If you are interested in attending either the conference as a delegate or exhibitor, please see our web site ( for more information or contact the Admin Officer, Jude Newberry on for more information and details. Arthur Cousins President LGSA of WA Inc


Again our very popular golf day, which gives both delegates and traders a great way of networking


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20th Annual State Conference & Trade Exhibition 10 -11 August 2017 Mercure Sanctuary Golf Resort Bunbury WA





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It was again another successful day, with all involved enjoying a round of Golf, followed by time catching up Corporate Members on the Trade Displays. This year we used Drone technology to get a bird’s eye view of the golf, thanks to Brendan Archie from Drone Fishing. (photo’s below and right)

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n November we held our Trade night and Annual Golf day at the Mecure Gold Coast.




Brian Weeks, President Works Officers Association of Queensland







The Day ended in a Corporate Dinner, and AGM. At the AGM, our new Corporate Committee Members were elected: Access Industrial; Rob Leonard and Jill Sanderson (Joint Members) Fulton Hogan; Damien Rigby Delnorth; Simon Crawford








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National Works & Engineering Conference 2017


apability and capacity building have never been as critical as they are today with Councils striving to manage budgets, risk and community expectations. Are your staff future-ready? Cuts to staff training and development budgets can easily become a casualty of our newly cash-constrained environment, however high-functioning operational and management teams are critical to balancing municipal budgets whilst maintaining public works and services. The Municipal Works Operations Association and Institute of Public Works Australasia (Victoria) present the “National Works & Engineering Conference” annually to the major stakeholders of the Victorian Local Government, plus Local Government Australia.

On behalf of the Municipal Works Operations Association and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (Vic) we encourage you to ensure that representatives from your Works, Parks, Procurement, OH&S and Engineering teams attend this important event. A Conference brochure is enclosed for your information and a Registration Form is available from http://www. We look forward to seeing your Council represented at the 24th National Works & Engineering Conference on 31st August and the 1st September 2017; please feel free to contact us if you have any queries. Yours faithfully,

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Formal skill development through targeted and structured information sessions – along with the opportunity for delegates to network with peers and sector experts – plus the bonus of live on site demonstrations, provides a ready return-on-investment in your key personnel.

Stephen M Robertson CEO, MWOA 0418 144 460


The 2017 National Works & Engineering Conference program has been designed to develop the personal and professional skills of municipal works and engineering staff in the following critical areas: • Risk Management Workplace Health and Safety • • Information Technology • Plant and Equipment • Procurement

David Hallett CEO, IPWEA (Vic) 0439 439 145

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Komatsu delivers quantum leap in overcoming skills shortages Komatsu’s new Intelligent Machine Control (iMC) technology provides a solution to one of the major challenges facing the construction industry: the lack of skilled operators at a time when clients are demanding ever-higher levels of precision combined with increased productivity


urrently available across dozer and excavator models, iMC has already shown its ability to deliver significant improvements in efficiency and productivity for Australian contractors compared with conventional construction processes. Komatsu iMC is designed to let operators focus on moving material efficiently – from bulk excavation to final trim – without having to worry about over-excavation or damaging the target surface – vastly speeding up site earthworks, while delivering greater precision and accuracy. Currently covering a range of four dozers and one excavator, each model in Komatsu’s iMC range incorporates as standard a factory-installed fully integrated 3D GNSS (global navigation Satellite System) machine control system. Komatsu iMC is part of the company’s SmartConstruction concept, which brings together a wide range of technology solutions, including drones and remote site management, to deliver more efficient, productive and cost efficient construction processes.

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According to Aaron Marsh, Komatsu Australia’s Technology Solution Expert Team Manager, Smart Centre, major industry issues, including skills shortages, demands for increased construction site productivity, finite resources and project management pressures were key factors behind the development of iMC technology. “At Komatsu, we have a long history of introducing market-leading technology and innovation to the industries we serve,” he said. “Understanding the needs of our customers, we are constantly working towards enhancing and improving their productivity – including meeting the challenge of the ever-growing demand for skilled machine operators.” All machines in Komatsu’s current iMC line-up – covering the PC210LCi-10 excavator, and D61EXi-23, D65EXi-18, D85EXi-18 and D155AXi-8 dozers, share some common features: ÜÜ Automated blade and bucket control, from bulk excavation to final grades


ÜÜ Integrated factory-installed Komatsu machine control system, with all components highly secure from damage, vandalism and theft ÜÜ Multiple automated dozing modes, with auto grade assist, auto stop control and minimum distance control for the excavator, ensuring jobs are finished faster, more accurately and with minimal rework ÜÜ Conventional “bolt-on” machine control components are replaced with fully integrated factory-installed GNSS antennas, enhanced inertial measuring unit (iMU+) and stroke sensing hydraulic cylinders, ensuring Komatsu reliability, durability and quality. ÜÜ Exclusive cab-top (dozer) and handrail mounted (excavator) GNSS antennas greatly reduce the risk of damage, theft or vandalism associated with conventional blade and counterweight mounted antennas and cables – while ensuring greater accuracy through more stable GNSS antenna positioning ÜÜ Chassis-mounted enhanced inertial measuring unit (iMU+) measures machine pitch and roll to enable precision work equipment control, even when working on slopes. ÜÜ Robust stroke-sensing hydraulic cylinders use proven sensor technologies for accurate finish grade performance, allowing the iMC system to constantly track the angle and location of the blade or bucket edge. Marsh said Komatsu’s integrated iMC technology delivered a wide range of benefits on construction sites. “IMC allows contractors to complete bulk dozing and excavation, along with grading and final trim operations faster and to closer tolerances, with fewer passes to achieve finish grades or excavation profiles. “It also allows far more efficient machine use and less rework – just dig or grade it once, then move on,” he said. “In addition, because all 3D design data is held within an iMC machine, we can greatly decrease times required for staking, survey and even final inspection, as well as allowing contractors to complete multiple tasks with one machine.” Other benefits, said Marsh, included lower machine operating costs and whole-oflife costs, better material yields, reduced fuel consumption, and greater machine availability and uptime “And because an iMC-equipped machine means simple operation for all operators no matter what their experience levels, we get greatly improved operator performance,” he said.

“All Komatsu iMC machines are capable of operating on multiple sites with all OEM type UHF or UHF digital base solutions, including network corrections through a network base solution.” Below is a brief outline of the benefits of iMC technology on Komatsu’s new excavator and dozer line-up.

Once the material level approaches the target design surface, the blade will follow it with millimetre-accuracy for close finish grading. Four different machine control operating modes allow operators to best match performance to the application, covering cut-and-carry, cutting, spreading and final trim grading.

Dozers Komatsu’s iMC system for dozers allows these machines to carry out both bulk and final trim dozing in fully automatic mode from start to finish, delivering final grade performance and accuracy.

In addition, construction progress can be checked using an integrated as-built mapping display, which collects surface data by continuously measuring actual elevations as the machine operates.

The result is significantly increased productivity and efficiency – up to twice as productive as dozers fitted with conventional third party machine control systems according to Australian users and operators – while reducing the cost of each metre of material moved. +

“Komatsu intelligent dozers deliver unmatched productivity, combined with on-grade accuracy first time every time, from bulk dozing to final trim, for faster dozing speeds, fewer passes, less re-work, increased uptime and higher availability,” said Marsh.

The iMC system automatically controls blade elevation and tilt according to target design data – using common industry standard design data software and systems – so not only can the automatic machine control features be used for finish grading but also for bulk dozing.

Excavator Komatsu’s iMC PC210LCi-10 excavator enables operators to achieve optimum speed to final grade accuracy with minimal inputs, while eliminating the need for manual grade checking.

This capability is unique to Komatsu intelligent dozers. Loading of the blade at the start of the cut is controlled through set parameters; during the pass, if the load on the blade increases during bulk dozing operation, the blade is automatically raised to control the load and minimise shoe slip, ensuring efficient dozing at all times.

Its iMC capabilities ensure every job is on grade first time, minimising rework or overexcavation. The excavator includes three built-in automated modes to deliver these high levels of excavation accuracy and efficiency. They are: Auto grade assist: When the operator moves the arm, the boom adjusts the bucket height automatically, tracing the target surface and minimising digging too deep, allowing the operator to perform

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bulk excavation without worrying about the design surface, and to perform fine digging by operating the arm lever only, with the working range is increased by moving the boom downward. Auto stop control: During boom or bucket operation, the work equipment automatically stops when the bucket edge reaches the required grade, minimising over-excavation or damage to the design surface. Minimum distance control: Bucket control automatically selects a point on the bucket closest to the target surface, so even if the machine is not facing a sloped surface at a right angle, it will still follow the target surface, minimising digging below it. “With iMC on the PC210LCi-10, operators can focus on moving material efficiently, without having to worry about digging too deep or damaging the target surface,” said Marsh. “This delivers over 60% improvement in work efficiency compared with conventional construction processes.” Drone technology As part of its iMC and SmartConstruction solutions, Komatsu offers integrated autonomous Unmanned aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or “drones” for survey and site management, using EVOX3x precision 3D mapping drones through Skycatch. “Drone capability enhances Komatsu Australia’s total site solution for our customers,” said Marsh. “It is fully integrated with the Skycatch cloud platform, using the EVO3x precision 3D mapping drone, which is the only commercial quadcopter capable of creating 3D point clouds with sub-5cm accuracy without the use of ground control points. “This technology delivers quick, reliable and accurate survey for all earthmoving, quarry and mining applications, adding value to our integrated iMC operations.” This technology can record current as-built data, plus cut and fill volume reporting, incorporating class leading technologies such as terrain following, for increased accuracy on entire flight plan and improved end results. “It allows for unprecedented visibility into work site progress,” said Marsh. “In addition to being integrated into our iMC technology offerings, it’s also capable of working alongside Komatsu’s AHS (autonomous haulage systems)

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“This means we are able to offer total end-to-end site planning, management and construction solution for our customers now, tomorrow and in the future,” he said. “Komatsu’s innovative intelligent Machine control (iMC) technology solutions are making our customers more productive today... and into the future. “Adding Komatsu iMC machines and solutions to a fleet is a formula for unmatched productivity improvement,” Marsh said.

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Rubber on Rubber The Victorian Government and Queensland Government, working in partnership with New South Wales and Western Australian governments and Tyre Stewardship Australia, are currently developing a National Market Development Strategy for Used Tyres (“the Strategy�). The Strategy aims to provide a roadmap for building strong, domestic markets for tyre derived products in Australia and to foster a strong tyre


n 2014, a study found that each year approximately 52 million passenger tyre equivalents (EPUs) reach their end of life in Australia and a large number are currently disposed of in landfill, stockpiled, exported or illegally dumped. Current figures suggest that just 5% of waste tyres get recycled in Australia. The Meeting of Environment Ministers (MEM) have endorsed a national project to develop a market development strategy for used tyres to be coled by Victoria and Queensland and financially supported by the partner jurisdictions Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia in collaboration with Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA). Randeli Environmental Consulting (REC), working with Reincarnate and Envisage Works, has been appointed to undertake preparatory analysis and to develop the national strategy.

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The aim of the current national project is to further explore the barriers and opportunities for growth and to identify key areas where government and industry can work together to unlock new or expanded markets for tyre derived products. In developing the strategy, the REC project team will be undertaking significant amount of stakeholder consultation across all levels of government and industry. It is important that we capture as much information as possible to ensure that the strategy has the best chance of success during its implementation. i would therefore ask for your assistance in working with the REC team on this important initiative. Any information you provide will contribute to providing a comprehensive picture of waste tyre management in Australia and will be provided on a confidential basis. We value and appreciate your assistance with the study.

Build something great™ Case Study: City of Casey preblended crumb rubber asphalt demonstration trial

Intention of the trial The purpose of the trial was to demonstrate that preblended crumb rubber bitumen could be used to produce and pave dense graded asphalt utilising existing manufacturing and paving equipment. Project stakeholders The project involved the following participants and their roles were: Road Maintenance: The binder manufacturer of the preblended crumb rubber bitumen (CRB) South East Asphalt: The asphalt manufacturer of the preblended crumb rubber bitumen asphalt (CRA) R&C Contracting: The paving contractor City of Casey: The client The project was supported by: Boral Asphalt: CRA mix design & technology advisor Tyre Stewardship Australia and Sustainability Victoria: Observer VicRoads: Observer Project Scope City of Casey identified Brundrett Road in Narre Warren, a newly constructed residential access road, as a suitable site for conducting a paving trial with preblended CR-Asphalt. On 29th June 2016 Road Maintenance blended 20 tonnes of CR- Binder at their Dandenong plant. The CR-Binder was delivered and pumped into a binder tank at South East Asphalt’s plant in Pakenham. At 9:20am South East Asphalt started producing the CB-Asphalt to a target mix temperature of 170°C. The CR-Asphalt mix was delivered to site and R&C Contracting started paving the mix at 10:30am The air temperature on site was 12°C and reached a maximum of 14°C during the day. The road had a steep gradient which placed stress on the steel wheel roller to keep up with the paver speed. The smaller roller was eventually replaced with a larger 8 tonne unit to finish off the job. A total of 165 tonnes of CR-Asphalt was paved as a wearing course on an 8 week old 20mm asphalt base. 18 tonnes of DG10 asphalt with C320 was paved at the same thickness at the end of the shift as a control section.

Binder performance No problems were experienced during pumping, transport and storage of the CR-Binder. This can be attributed to the various additives used in the formulation of the CR-Binder which made the binder easier to handle. The properties of the CR- Binder when tested at the Road Maintenance plant before being loaded into the road tanker were as follows

Binder Property


Viscosity at 180°C (Pa.s)

1 -2

Ring and Ball Softening Point (°C)

> 60

Torsional Recovery @ 25°C (%)


Asphalt performance Despite the low ambient temperature on the day and thin mat thickness, the CR-Asphalt was easy to pave and compact. Compaction density of+-95% was measured on the paved mat using a troxler nuclear densometer. Only a steel wheel tandem vibrator roller was used to compact the CR-Asphalt. The target binder content of the CR-Asphalt was higher than the DG10 asphalt. The wheel tracking test result on the CR- Asphalt was < 2 mm compared with a typical value of 8mm for the similar DG10 with C320 bitumen. There was also very little evidence of excessive fuming or odours detected during paving which are normally associated with the handling of CR-Asphalt. The general consensus was that less noise was generated in the cabin of the vehicle when riding over the CR-Asphalt mat compared with the DG10 surface. Key facts The trial demonstrated that: ÜÜ By using the appropriate technology rubber from old tyres can be incorporated into asphalt to improve the performance and sustainability of our road pavements. ÜÜ Reclaimed rubber from an estimated 248 passenger

tyres were reused in this project. ÜÜ The CR-Binder was produced by preblendihg crumb

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ÜÜ The reclaimed rubber helped improved the

rheological properties of the base bitumen. ÜÜ A 10mm dense graded CR-Asphalt was

produced with CR-Binder. ÜÜ The CR-Binder will improve the fatigue and

rutting performance of the CR-Asphalt rendering a surface with a much longer service life than DG10 asphalt. A special thanks to:Michael Apps – City of Casey Wade McGill – R&C Asphalt Anatoly Shulkin – South East Asphalt Liam O’Keefe – Tyre Stewardship Karl Shanley – Sustainability Victoria Trevor Distin & Mike Johnston. For helping to get the product tested & for a successful trial. From the Director & Staff at Road Maintenance Pty Ltd.



Liquefied Crumb Rubber / Bitumen Mix VRMB 18 Part Benefits of Mix: At dense grade mix design 6% binder, 10% stone asphalt Rubber is 15% additives at 1.6% bitumen at 83.4% bitumen content is 5.004% of binder. Normal asphalt D.G10 bitumen content is 5.3%. Liquefied crumb rubber mix VRMB uses less bitumen by 0.296%, which is less bitumen to be imported into Australia but more testing to 5.8% binder required. Benefits discovered by field test and lab test: ÜÜ


Improves water minimization. Minimising potholing by not allowing water to soak into the finished asphalt. Tyre noise reduction is approximately 50% Wheel tracking test as tested by Boral: 2mm compared with 8mm. Similar to D.G 10 asphalt. No cold joints because rubber vulcanising to clean surfaces. Does not need S.A.M.l spray because crumb rubber in mix. Longer life of asphalt has documented by Caltran in America 50% to 100% Minimises water spray from tyres. Crumb rubber asphalt does not absorb water. Flexible to resist cracking. Has self healing abilities. Allows minimising thickness depending upon engineer requirements. Better skid resistance. Low viscosity allows for full coating of stones. • Because of vulcanising, it gives better adhesion to stone. It helps to use up waste tyres; 1.6 car tyres per tonne asphalt It can be layered at colder air temperatures. High softening point. No swelling of rubber with VRMB process.

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Why Asset Managers, Works Operators and road crews use Quality Pavement Repair

Sick of repairing the same potholes? Tired of wasting your budget on asphalt repair products that don’t last? Wish there was a top quality, ready-made bagged asphalt that goes the distance? QPR Quality Pavement Repair is premium bagged asphalt used for permanent repairs on potholes, utility cuts and damaged pavements. Preferred by leading utilities and public works departments, as well as state and provincial highway departments in the United States for over 30 years, QPR is now available in Australia. Produced locally, the patented QPR formula is one-ofa-kind. It’s packaged for ease of use, can be used in all kinds of weather, and is designed to last. Here’s why Asset Managers, Works Operators and road crews love QPR:

3. Potholes full of water? No problem. Place QPR in your water-filled pothole and you’ve got a strong and permanent repair.

4. QPR stays where it’s put, and does not crumble or bleed onto the surrounding road. Repair damaged asphalt once, and once only. There’s no need to return to the same spot. 5. If sealed properly, QPR lasts well in storage.

And did we mention QPR is permanent? It certainly is. 1. QPR is easily workable and comes ready to use. 2. When QPR is used for a repair, it’s designed to remain pliable until it fits the repair area. This eliminates the chance of water getting into the hole and creating more damage.

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QPR is available in 15kg bags and pails, 22kg bags and 1 ton units. Contact Earthco Projects for a quote on 1800 790 907 or visit to find out more.

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GRATE NEWS From R&S Grating Flowcon Conconect now available at R&S Grating. R&S Grating has partnered with Flowcon to be an authorised distributor of the Flowcon Conconect pipe adaptor.

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Conconect simplifies connecting PVC pipes to concrete pipes, tanks and pits. Eliminating the need for mortar and sealing compounds, Conconect facilitates fast connections with minimal labour. Furthermore, Conconect fully seals the connection, eliminating the risk of backfill entering the receiving pipe and the risk of blockages. We’re now carrying a large stock of both the 100mm and 150mm adaptors. Don’t pay ridiculous prices again, contact us for very competitive pricing.

Recycled Rubber Kerb Adaptors now available. R&S Grating has worked hard to develop a strong and durable solution to pipe outlets in kerbs. The Recycled Rubber B2 and SM2 Kerb Adaptors are strong, rated to class B of AS3996 and tested under an 8 tonne point load, making them much stronger than plastic or steel adaptors. Available in grey or charcoal colours and to suit 90 or 100mm pipes, Recycled Rubber Kerb Adaptors offer a long term solution to a common problem.




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R&S Grating is excited to introduce SMC (sheet moulding compound) covers as the latest innovative product in our broad product range. Adding the success of the FRP Ecolite range, the SMC junction and side entry pit lids take strength, safety and durability to an entirely new level. Produced as a single, solid lid, without any plywood or other compromising materials, SMC covers offer a light-weight lift, well within OH&S guidelines, while maintaining a strong class B load rating. In addition to the light weight of the cover, SMC covers are also available hinged, further reducing the lifting weight of the cover for the operator. SMC covers are also available with rear pins, ideal for quick installation, to prevent the lid from dislodging during pit flooding. Adding to the light lifting weight, SMC covers also feature an anti-slip pattern that achieves the highest anti-slip rating procurable. Many of the popular features of the FRP Ecolite range have been adopted into the design of the SMC cover range, including easy operation using standard AS3996 lifting keys and (optional) stainless steel hinges & locking mechanism for durability. Available for 900x600mm junction and side entry pits in grey or green, R&S Grating’s SMC cover range is at the forefront of innovation in the light-weight lid market. 26 I autumn 2017Edition Autumn 2017

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FRP Ecolite covers now VICROADS approved. R&S Grating’s FRP Ecolite range has been making an impression in the market for many years now. Initially driven by a need to properly secure lids to their pits and eliminate the dangerous and all too common occurence of lids dislodging and leaving pits exposed, the many other advantages of the light-weight FRP Ecolite range are now being noted. VICROADS is the latest authority to the endorse the use of the FRP Ecolite cover to secure their drainage network. Recognising the advantage of an OH&S friendly light-weight cover that secures drainage assets, ensures maintenance crew safety while simultaneously protecting the public from exposed pits, VICROADS have approved the use of the FRP Ecolite cover throughout their wide network of pits. Available in class B (light duty), class C (medium duty) and class D (heavy duty) of AS3996, there is an FRP Ecolite cover to suit any pit. The advantages of the FRP Ecolite range over traditional concrete covers are endless. The high strength of the board ensures that once installed, there is no need for a replacement.

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In addition the long-term durability of the FRP Ecolite, the ever increasing demand for OH&S friendly products necessitates the use of light-weight covers. As the prevalence of light-weight covers continues, bad backs and workers’ compensation claims will continue to diminish. The FRP Ecolite cover goes a cut beyond the rest, further reducing the lifting weight by incorporating a hinge that reduced the lifting weight of the cover by 40%, making the FRP Ecolite the lightest lift on the market. However, the most important consideration in choosing a pit cover is the need to ensure public safety. The FRP Ecolite was developed with this is mind and its core feature of using a front locking and a rear hinge properly secures the lid to the frame, ensuring that even during pit flooding the cover cannot disconnect from the pit. In addition to this, the FRP Ecolite cover has a gritty surface, achieving the highest possible anti-slip rating in oil-wet ramp slip resistance testing. With VICROADS now on board, the FRP Ecolite cover will continue to be a market leader in light-weight, safe and secure pit lids for many years to come.

On a sombre note... We’re saddened to announce the passing of our colleague and friend Russell Williams. Russell worked with R&S Grating for almost thirty years and was much loved by the team. He was also a proud member of the MWOA and we know that many in the Association will miss him. As everyone who knew Russell will know, he was a mad Doggies fan and his joy was infectious after last year’s Grand Final. Equally as infectious was his elation at meeting Doug Hawkins at the 2016 MWOA Christmas Dinner. This experience was shared by many in the MWOA and has left us all with another wonderful memory to cherish of Russell. Russell will be greatly missed, but his legacy will carry on as we continue the traditions and events that Russell has initiated for R&S Grating over the years. We’d like to thank everyone who has shown us and Russell’s wife, Linda, tremendous support in this difficult time. 27 13 healey road, dandenongautumn south,2017 vic I3175

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Dates to Remember Victoria

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Ballarat Branch Friday 14th April 2017 - General

National Works & Engineering Conference 31st August - 1st September 2017

North East Branch Wednesday 24th May 2017 - General

Western Australia LGSA WA

South Western Branch Fri 5th May 2017 - General

Friday 19th May - OGM

Wimmera Mallee Branch Tuesday 30th May 2017 - General

Prince of Wales Showgrounds Bendigo, Victoria

20th Annual State Conference & Trade Exhibition 10 -11 August 2017 Mercure Sanctuary Golf Resort Bunbury WA

Central Branch Wednesday 15th November 2017

Metro Branch Wednesday 17th May 2017 - General


SECONDS 60 Seconds with Debbie Leeson-Rabie Manager Services and Operations at Colac Otway Shire Born: Johannesburg, South Africa Nick Name Glad you asked … no don’t have a nick name..

Do you have a pet? Two beautiful doggies complete our family.

Favourite Food Thai, oh and chocolate fudge cake

Favourite Book Anything by Wilbur Smith or Bryce Courtenay, both authors hone in on resilience.

Favourite Movie Top Gun. Hobbies Camping, boating, reading and fine dining. Ideal Holiday Sun, surf, sand.

Dream Job Having just been appointed Manager Services and Operations at Colac Otway Shire, I’d better say Manager Services and Operations.

Car : A Nissan X-trail AWD, good allrounder to get me anywhere What’s Your Favourite Sports? Trail walking, looking forward to the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain later this year. What Council’s did you work for? In Australia - Surf Coast Shire, City of Yarra and Colac Otway Shire Advisory Committee.

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