The council’s asset managementteam was recognised at a ceremony at the Local Government Professionals Australia 15th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards in Adelaide.

The awards aim to honour theexcellence shownby local government professionals.

The Port Pirie Regional Council team received the award for Excellence in Asset Management and Sustainability and beat several larger metropolitan councils for the award.

The team was recognised for its innovative practices in assessing unsealed roads.

Council partnered with contractor Indepth Drilling to assess the quality of unsealed roadsto determine whether they needed resheeting inMarch and April last year.This enabled the Council to determine the life-span of the existing roads and the cost of replacing them.

The method allows council’s capital works program to better determine which roads need to be resheeted.

The process involved splitting 625 kilometres of road into smaller segments then drilling holes to determine material quality and depth.

The drilling process took between five and 10 minutes per hole and up to 100 holes were drilled per daywith 2517 holes sunkin the project.

Collection and analysis of data was completed in-house, allowing council engineers a better understanding of the results.

Council chief executive officerAndrew Johnson acknowledged the assets team on the project and said that it is a testament to council’s focus on innovation.

“This award highlights that Port Pirie is leading the state in many areas,” he said.

“Council is constantly seekinginnovative ways to improve the management of the large amount of assets under its control.”

Graduate engineer Mitchell Bowley accepted the award on behalf of the council.

Council launched its biggest-ever road resealing program several months ago.

The spray sealing process took placewithout closing roads.The roadworks wereexpected to conclude in March. Upgrades includedSenate Road.

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