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Current Works

REPORT TO COUNCIL MEETING 7 MARCH 2017

ROADWORKS

Road Maintenance

Maintenance activities continued across the City with a focus on utilising Council's purpose-built pothole repair jetpatching unit.
Extensive pothole patching works were carried out on Canobolas Road and Pinnacle Road.
Works to reshape the cul-de-sac head and improve drainage were undertaken in Yackerboon Crescent.

Road Rehabilitation
Work on this program will recommence with Council crews in late March following airport taxiway reconstruction.

Road Upgrading
Clergate Road
Hamcon Constructions continue with bulk earthworks for the widening of Clergate Road. The installation of new drainage pipes is expected to commence in the week beginning 27 February.
Telstra services have begun to be relocated clear of the new works.
A good run of dry weather has ensured steady progress of this project.

Photo: Widening of Clergate Road north of Farrell Road

Burrendong Way
Works on extending the ongoing reconstruction of Burrendong Way north of the Distributor Road have been awarded to Belmur.  The contractor will arrive on site in the week beginning 27 February to commence works that will include the construction of retaining walls and widening and strengthening of the road pavement.

Bloomfield Internal Roads
Works are continuing on the upgrading of sections of the Bloomfield internal road network by Council crews.  Works are expected to be completed in the week ending 5 March 2017.

Pinnacle Road
Due to delays with other works, Council's contractor undertaking the road shoulder widening will not be in attendance until late March.

Forest Road at Gosling Creek
Works to remove and replace the existing bridge railing with a wire rope barrier began in late February, with road work to apply a skid resistant surface on the bridge deck and approaches to follow in early March. This work is being undertaken under the Federal Government Road Safety Blackspot program.

Further upcoming works

North Orange Bypass
Due to delays on other works, Council's hotmix asphalt contractor has had to push out commencement of works to address pavement defects between Icely Road and Ophir Road until early March.  The same contractor will also undertake the completion of hotmix asphalt work that started last construction season between The Escort Way and Molong Road with the application of the final wearing surface.

Further works to rehabilitate the pavement on the bypass from Icely Road through to the Bathurst Road has been awarded to contractors with works expected to commence in mid March.

William Street
Works are now expected to begin on the reconstruction of the central pavement in William Street between Dalton Street and March Street in the week beginning 6 March. Given the deep excavation required and disruptive effect on adjoining businesses, works for the first stage of the project will be undertaken at night.

Ophir Road
Works to upgrade Ophir Road pavement and improve safety between the resource recovery centre and the Distributor Road are still programmed to begin in March.

New Works

Waratahs Link Road
All roadworks have been completed to the point where the initial seal has been applied.  A hot mix asphalt seal is expected to be laid in the week beginning 27 February.  Essential Energy certification of elements of the street lighting design is required before street lighting can be installed and footpath works completed.

Other works

Orange Airport taxiway works
Stage 2 of taxiway Bravo reconstruction is expected to be completed and sealed by Saturday 25 February, allowing for Council staff to move on to the remaining phase of the reconstruction of this taxiway.

Following the installation of subsoil drainage, a heavy duty strip drain was installed at the interface between the main runway and the grassed runway to further reduce the impact of wet weather and subsequent closure of the grassed runway.

Photo - Heavy duty strip drain at airport

CONCRETE AND DRAINAGE

New Works

Traffic Facilities

Council's crews have completed kerb side blister extensions at the Moulder and Sale Street intersection.  Crews will now move on to construct the centre pedestrian refuge islands.

Maintenance

Drainage
Urgent works were undertaken to upgrade drainage lines under the taxiway reconstruction works at the airport allowing for the pavement works to continue on schedule.

Crews commenced clearing blockages along an unformed drain running from the rear of the Brethren Church on Hill Street through to Kearneys Drive after prior spraying of invasive plant growth. Clearing the drain will then allow for the reconstruction of a collapsed drainage pit within the Brethren Church carpark.

WATER MAINTENANCE

New Water Services

  • Two dual water services - Lily Place
  • 35 Melaleuca Way
  • 6 Spencer Lane
  • 15 Connemara Drive
  • 82 Dean Drive
  • 98 Dean Drive
  • 104 Dean Drive

Water Service Renewals

  • 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28 and 31 Burrendong Way
  • 6 Pioneer Place

Construction

  • The laying of the water main in Nile Street is completed and the water services are currently being relocated.


WATER STORAGE

Water Storage Levels


Water Quality
Water samples are collected as a component of the Orange City Council's Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Program which forms part of the NSW Health requirements.  Samples are collected regularly and sent to a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory for analysis. Samples collected in January 2017 complied with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, 2011.

Blue-green algae concentrations in Suma Park Dam have decreased slightly since reporting in the 7 February Current Works report. Actions, including ongoing monitoring, continue to be implemented in accordance with Council's Algae Management Plan. At the time of writing (20 February 2017), there had been no taste or odour water quality complaints since blue-green algae counts increased in early December 2016.

Water Consumption
Average daily water consumption during the week ending 16 February 2017 was 307 litres per person per day.

SEWER MAINTENANCE

Sewer Renewals

  • Moulder Park sewer maintenance shaft installation
  • 150 Sale Street sewer main repair.

Construction

  • Council's sewer relining contractors Abergeldie WaterTech have completed the renewal of all sewer mains and are currently in the process of renewing the sewer junctions on these sewer main. Works are expected to be complete by April 2017.
  • Council has completed the renewal of two sewer vents and removal of three sewer vents from the city area. These vents had been identified as an ageing asset and were required to be renewed or removed.

EAST ORANGE CHANNEL - BYNG STREET TO MCLACHLAN STREET
The contractor on this work left the site on Monday 6 February 2017. Since then Council staff have had discussions with two other contractors to undertake emergency clean-up work and also the completion of the contract.  These discussions have resulted in Leed Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd starting work on site on 20 February 2017.  So far they have cleaned the site area removing materials and spoil to the Ophir Road Resource Recovery Centre and undertaken works to control the stream flows through the site so that emergency bank stabilisation can be undertaken.

NEW EMERGENCY HELICOPTER HANGAR
Construction works are now complete.

TOLL has commenced delivery of operational equipment with lease arrangements to commence in February and operations scheduled for March.

OLD HOSPITAL DEMOLITION
The tender for the demolition works has closed and preliminary assessments undertaken. Conforming tenders were received from the four companies invited to tender.
Council in conjunction with Health Infrastructure are currently reviewing these tenders.

250 PEISLEY STREET DEMOLITION
The slab demolition is progressing. The concrete is being recycled locally. The substantial timber sub-floor is being removed and transported to the works depot where it will be auctioned as a job lot at the earliest convenience.

To date no significant contamination has been encountered and the works are on schedule to be completed in March 2017.

NARRAMBLA STAGE 8
Hamcon have undertaken earthworks to shape three of the blocks around the cul-de-sac and have completed all the naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) material works.  EnviroScience personnel have completed all the air monitoring that has been required while the NOA works have been undertaken.  Work on the cul-de-sac has been completed except for the hot mix layer wearing surface.  Electrical subcontractors are installing the substation.  Reshaping work on the old Boral site will be commenced this week.

CENTRAL TABLELANDS REGIONAL WATER SECURITY PROJECT - ORANGE TO CARCOAR PIPELINE
Orange City Council is continuing the development of the Central Tablelands Regional Water Security Pipeline Project from Orange to Carcoar. This project is funded under the Restart NSW Water Security for Regions Program to improve water access and security in the areas serviced by Orange City Council (OCC) and Central Tablelands Water (CTW).

Cabonne Council is also developing a pipeline project under the same Restart funding program, and to achieve economies of scale it was agreed to work with Cabonne and submit concurrent tenders. The tenders for the Orange to Carcoar Project and the Cabonne Project have been awarded to Leed Engineering and Constructions. Leed have commenced survey, investigation and design with construction for the Orange to Carcoar Project proposed to commence in March 2017. Leed have commenced works on the Cabonne project.

Orange City Council and Central Tablelands Water are continuing consultation with their respective affected landowners in relation to acquiring easements which includes access agreements, acquisition of easements and rehabilitation plans.

This project is within budget and on track to meet the completion date of 30 June 2018.

FOREST ROAD RAIL BRIDGE DUPLICATION
Orange City Council has secured funding for the duplication of the Forest Road Rail Bridge. The $2.5M project has been funded 50/50 with NSW Restart Program and Federal Bridges Renewal Program.

A concept design has been completed for which John Holland Rail has granted in-principle approval. The final detailed design has been completed and reviewed by an independent design consultant.  The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) has been completed and proposed to go on public exhibition in February.

Council is working closely with John Holland Rail and is anticipated that full approval will be granted in May 2017.

The tender for the contract is being developed and is proposed that works will commence in May 2017.

The works will impact on traffic to the south of Orange and is proposed to minimise this by maintaining limited traffic through the worksite for the majority of the works duration. A consultation and communication plan is being developed that includes consultation with key stakeholders Orange Health Service and Cadia Valley Operations.

It is proposed that all works will be completed by June 2018.

AQUATIC CENTRE ATTENDANCE

AIRPORT PASSENGER NUMBERS
Passenger numbers for January 2017 were 2,111 compared with 2,398 during the same month in 2016.

Airport Energy Usage
Energy used at the airport during January 2017 was 20,385.40 kWh at a cost to Council of $4,025.12.

ENERGY USE
Staff are pursuing Council's resolution to install 100kW of solar on the Aquatic Centre's roof. Tenders were called and negotiations are occurring.  In addition, staff are looking at further ambitious options for more solar on Council owned assets.

The following information is sourced from E21, Council's energy software.