ATV evaluates quality of town’s footpath network

Central Goldfields Shire Council assets and project engineer Bill Scott and administrator Karen Douglas (right) with Infrastructure Management Group group manager of footpath surveys Luis Knight with a specially modified ATV which was used to assess the shireʼs footpaths last week.

Central Goldfields Shire Council is on the right path to update and maintain one of the shire’s most important assets.

From Monday to Wednesday last week, Infrastructure Management Group assessed the condition of the shire’s 72.5 kilometre footpath network via a specially modified all- terrain-vehicle.

The ATV, equipped with two cameras, data storage and a laptop, was used to provide council a footpath condition rating in Maryborough and the shire’s other towns. Council is required to update its footpath condition rating every three years.

Infrastructure Management Group group manager of footpath surveys, Luis Knight, said the data provided to council assists them in pin-pointing the worst affected areas.

“It enables council to pick out the worst areas of the network so they can target those areas for repair,” he said.

“As we’re driving, we give the footpaths a condition rating. The cameras on the bike film everything so council gets a record of every area.

“They can pull up the worst areas and they can see a video record of exactly what’s wrong with it and what they need to do to prepare it,” he said.

According to Mr Knight, Central Goldfields Shire’s footpaths are on par with other shires.

“They’re not worse than other shires. They’re in fairly good condition,” he said.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Friday, February 9.

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