When you are responsible for maintenance and improvement of roads for an area the size of Tasmania, it is critical that operations run efficiently and effectively, says Central Highlands Regional Council chief executive officer Scott Mason.
He was commenting as the council took delivery of a trio of new CAT 140M graders, costing about $1.3 million, which it says will help to run a leaner and greener operation.
“Upgrading and modernising the council’s plant has been ongoing since the amalgamation in 2008,” Mr Mason said.
“We have a road system of more than 5000km in an area of 60,000sq km. Not only are we responsible for the maintenance of our roads but those under state government control
“Ageing machines disrupt work schedules by spending too long in the workshop, but these new machines come with technology that lets us know when they need attention so service breaks can be scheduled around downtime.
“Council has a number of infrastructure projects planned, however roads continue to be an issue for most people. The two major flood events did considerable damage to our road network and we have been playing catch-up with repairs ever since.”
Hastings Deering Emerald sales manager Mark Hodgson said it was virtually unheard of for a council to buy three graders at once.
“The new graders are the most automated and productive in their class, delivering improved fuel efficiency, reliability and durability along with enhanced serviceability and safety,” he said