“For the week ending 14 February, the following key works were completed by Council staff”, noted Council’s Mayor, Cr. Ray Thompson.
“Within the urban Lithgow area last week, Council staff continue to assist with the completion of a number of water main and service repairs,” said Mayor Thompson. “In particular, with the water main replacement having been completed on Bridge Street, staff have been working towards removing stop valves and repairing damaged kerb and gutter, prior to the asphalt renewal which is scheduled for March 2020. Alongside this work, resources have been dedicated to the sewer relining works on Macauley Street and storm damage improvements at Roy Street Lane, Pitts Lane and throughout Hartley.”
“In the last week Council’s rural works staff have continued their focus on catching up with outstanding maintenance works,” noted Mayor Thompson. “Maintenance grading and resheeting works are ongoing at Old Western Road, Mt. Lambie, dangerous tree limb removals have occurred in Glen Davis, vegetation control is ongoing at Pikes Lane, drainage improvements have been effected in the Megalong Valley and roadside tree removals have been completed at Curly Dick Road, Hazelgrove Road, Glen Davis Road, Glen Alice Road, Sodwalls Tarana Road and Old Western Road.”
“Outside of the road maintenance works, Council have commenced the geotechnical inspection of many of the affected mountain and rock faces throughout the Lithgow area,” said Mayor Thompson. “After a bushfire, the natural landscape is affected and the stability of these slopes should be assessed. Through the engagement of specialized contractors, Council engineers are in the process of undertaking risk assessments of the mountain sides adjacent to Macauley Street and Sandford Avenue, as well as the Wolgan Gap rock face. With this information, the relative risk can be assessed and required action to reduce identified unacceptable risks can be prioritized. To ensure these inspections are conducted as effectively and efficiently as possible, the use of drones and laser light surveys (or LIDAR) is ongoing. The scope of this work is strictly limited to those slopes affected by fire and all necessary approvals to complete these works have been gained by the contractor prior to commencement.”