For many local councils, roads are their largest asset class, and road maintenance is their largest operational activity. Significantly, 84% of all roads (by length) are maintained by Australia’s 560 local councils. Their total value exceeds $300 billion. So, cumulatively, even small improvements in the sustainability of council road maintenance programs can result in enormous benefits.

CURRENT METHOD IS EXTREMELY COSTLY, PROVIDING NO FUTURE BENEFIT

  1. Install new concrete foundations
  2. Set up traffic management
  3. Dig up the newly laid foundations to install infrastructure
  4. When items are damaged we dig up the item and the foundations
  5. Dispose of both the item creating carbon waste
  6. Dispose of the concrete and paving foundations, creating more carbon waste
  7. Buy new concrete
  8. Replace the concrete foundations and
  9. Install a new item directly in the newly laid foundations
  10. Providing no future benefit.

More than 60,000 items are replaced in Australia each year

  1. Set up traffic management x 60,000 times each year
  2. We dig up the item and the foundations x 60,000 times
  3. Dispose of both the item and the carbon waste x 60,000 times
  4. Buy new concrete x 60,000 times
  5. Replace the concrete foundations x 60,000 times
  6. Install a new item directly in the newly laid foundations

and the process repeats year after year becoming increasingly dangerous (costing lives) and costly (both environmentally and financially)

 

IF YOU’RE NOT SUSTAINABLE- YOU’RE THROWING MONEY AWAY

Every replacement is just as costly and time consuming. Using these methods, replacing just one signpost a week MRWA estimates is costing around a million dollars over the life of a development. When you consider state and local government authorities are replacing around 60,000 items a year, we are literally throwing away billions of dollars every year and the only outcome is carbon waste.

IF YOU’RE NOT SUSTAINABLE- YOU’RE PLAYING WITH LIVES

Road-workers work hard every day, rising their lives in dangerous traffic and dealing with ever increasing underground services. Instead of improving the standard of our roads and footpaths, this work leaves a trail of destruction- proving no future benefit, so our roads become more dangerous and costly to maintain every year.

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