CURRENT WORKS REPORT TO COUNCIL - 5 June 2018
Consideration has been given to the recommendation’s impact on Council’s service delivery; image and reputation; political; environmental; health and safety; employees; stakeholders and project management; and no further implications or risks have been identified.
Road maintenance activities have progressed across the city with Council’s mechanical jet patching unit. Hot mix asphalt repair works have been restricted due to mechanical issues with crucial plant.
Clearing of trees and earthworks for the road widening have begun with Council work crews.
Council’s contractors have begun the laying of over 1km of stormwater drainage. Works are progressing, however the location of conflicting service mains has caused some delay and redesign.
Forest Road - Bloomfield
The road formation was completed and kerbs and median islands poured in the area adjacent to the base hospital.
Works progressed on laying drainage pipes north of the hospital entrance and Council’s contractor completing some road crossings for services for the new private hospital via direct engagement from the development proponent.
Forest Road – Spring Hill
A seal was placed on the newly widened and strengthened pavement at Spring Hill. New guard rail was installed on the Northern side of Forest Road at the Beasley road intersection.
The dead end of Wicks Road was reshaped and sealed to address the effects of overland flow on some downstream properties.
Taxiway Delta was stripped and resealed.
Hot Mix Asphalt
Council’s contractors undertook pavement repairs at Mitchell Parade and Tynan Street at their intersection with Anson Street.
CONCRETE AND DRAINAGE
Crews responded to programmed and reactive maintenance needs including:
Root cutting to clear blocked pipes at the Woodward Street end of Byng Street
Path segment replacement in Hill Street between Prince and March Street
Repair of pavers in Summer Street
Clean out of gross pollutant trap on the East Orange Channel
Pipes were extended and drains cleared on Canobolas Road. Further work will be required in the new budget year to rectify some issues identified during the clean out works.
Southern Link Cycleway
Works progressed on the grant funded Southern Link Cycleway with fencing and concrete works being completed within the James Sheahan easement. Contractors are completing two boardwalks and undertaking landscaping activities.
Photo: Boardwalk fabrication for Southern Link cycleway
Footpath rehabilitation works were undertaken in Byng Street between Spring and Nile Streets and works also began on path replacement in Sampson Street between Summer and Byng Streets.
New Water Services
40mm water service at 6 Ophir Street
100mm fire service and 32mm domestic service at 398 Summer Street
200mm water service extension on Forest Road
Water services on William Maker Drive
50mm service for Spring Hill Rural Fire Shed
1 Lily Place dual water service
Water Storage Levels
Raw water transfers from the various sources into Suma Park Dam in recent months are provided in the table below.
* bores include two at Clifton Grove and one at the Showground
Information on the Decision Support Tool, which is used to determine the need for the transfer of supplementary raw water sources, and a more detailed monthly summary of raw water transfers can be found on Council’s website at
Drinking Water Quality
Water samples are collected as a component of 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 NSW Government National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory for analysis. Samples collected in April 2018 complied with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, 2011.
Blue-green algae concentrations in Suma Park Dam have remained at low levels.
Average daily water consumption during the week ending 17 May 2018 was 176 litres per person per day.
The average daily city-wide water consumption for the two weeks ending 18 May 2018 was 13.37ML.
Council is currently on Level 2 water restrictions with a total combined storage level of 58.84%.
Sewer Reconstruction Works
4 Phoenix Place sewer junction renewal
133 Warrendine Street junction renewal
7 Linden Avenue junction renewal
5 Linden Avenue junction renewal
9 Linden Avenue junction renewal
11 Linden Avenue junction renewal
Sewer Construction Works
Maintenance shaft installation at 6 Ophir Street
1 Lily Place sewer junction
Council’s contractor undertaking the sewer relining is nearing completion of sewer junction rehabilitation. Works are expected to be completed in early June.
CENTRAL TABLELANDS REGIONAL WATER SECURITY PROJECT – Orange To Carcoar Pipeline
During commissioning a design issue was identified which requires some additional components to be manufactured in the United States and shipped back to site before being installed and final commissioning taking place. While this will cause a significant delay, the contractor has proposed a solution that should provide superior functionality compared to the concept design. The contractor has also given an undertaking that the pipe will be fully commissioned by November 2018.
It is currently anticipated there will be some saving from this job which could allow additional works to occur in both the Orange Council area and the Central Tablelands Water area. A proposal is currently being developed to submit to Infrastructure NSW for their consideration.
Difficulty is still being experienced identifying the remaining holes in the Orange to Spring Hill sewer line. Council has engaged Pure Technologies who use a “smart ball” to travel along the pipe and acoustically identify leaks. It is hoped that this technology will identify the leaks to an accuracy of about two metres.
SUMA PARK DAM
The contractors who undertook construction on the Suma Park Dam upgrade have returned to site to rectify minor defects. These works include the adjustment of sealing rubbers and the repair of concrete cracking. The sealing rubbers have been rectified which completes all work on the upstream side of the fuse gates. The remaining works are to occur downstream, hence if the dam fills access is still available to complete the works. Currently rectification products are being reviewed to determine if their performance is affected by low temperatures. If there is concern, further rectification may be postponed to warmer months.
WILLIAM MAKER DRIVE DETENTION BASIN
The majority of earthworks are complete and the concrete walkway, which also acts as a spillway is being constructed. Hydro-seeding and the planting of the base of the basin will occur in the next few weeks.
AIRPORT PASSENGER NUMBERS
Passenger numbers for April 2018 were 5,823 compared with 4,701 in the same month in 2017.
Airport Energy Usage
Energy used at the airport during April 2018 was 21,150.16 kWh at a cost to Council of $5,365.43.
The following information is sourced from E21, Council’s energy software.
21 May 2018