“For the week ending 16 November, the following key works were completed by Council staff”, noted Council’s Mayor, Cr. Ray Thompson.
“Within the urban Lithgow area, Council staff have worked towards the completion of a number of proactive projects in an attempt to better control both traffic and stormwater. Firstly, with the recent upgrades to the Lithgow Blast Furnace, traffic management has become an issue with some motorists taking advantage of the facility. As such, speed humps have been installed to better ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists using the facility. Additionally, stormwater infrastructure in Geordie Street and Cooerwull Road has been upgraded to improve capacity during heavy rainfall events.
“This week, our rural works staff have mirrored our urban works staff efforts by working towards the improvement of roadside drainage on Curly Dick Road, Meadow Flat while also prioritising requests received from the public for the repair of road defects within Wallerawang and Portland. This important work has been identified to reduce roadside scouring and improve driveability of our rural roads.”
“Lastly, given the weather, mowing of Council facilities has become a high priority. This week, staff saw to the mowing of roadsides in Lithgow, Portland and Marrangaroo as well as the Lithgow Aquatic Centre and Lithgow Blast Furnace Park. Our sporting facilities also saw some improvements this week with the replacement of synthetic turf wickets at Wallerawang Oval and Watsford Oval, Portland.
“As noted last week, Council’s hard-working staff are its most valuable resource”, said Mayor Thompson. “For this reason it is important that from time to time, Council supports and encourages career development and skills-based training. Last week, 8 rural staff attended unsealed roads grader training. While this delayed the completion of some projects, it is essential that staff skills are up to date to ensure works are completed efficiently and to the highest standard possible.”