Clean sweep in Noosa saves money and the river
Noosa ratepayers are not only expecting to save more than $50,000 over the next two years, they are less likely to be reversed over by a sweeper fleet equipped with smart technology.
There has been unanimous support by Noosa councillors to award Specialised Pavement Services a two-year contract with a one-year extension option.
The company currently has contracts to clean the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane council streets
The council has this year budgeted more than $373,000 for street and carpark sweeping services across 11,585km of roads and 91km of carparks.
Noosa Council works co-ordinator Edwin Hamill said the new service provider would create a $22,000 saving this financial year and $30,000 a year after that.
Part of the savings will come by converting the predominant vegetation waste swept up into topsoil and cutting costs of sending it to landfill.
The company’s vehicles are equipped with a smart radar which causes the sweeper to auto-brake if it detects an object to its rear.
Mr Hamill said the driver needed to inspect the back of the vehicle before the brake could be released.
The vehicles also are equipped with Smart Sweep software which uses historical data to program services to ensure streets are swept at optimum times.
The council has used Enviro Sweep under a local buy arrangement for the past four years.
Enviro Sweep and one other tender by GGB Machinery Pty Ltd fell short of what the council was looking for this time around.
Councillors were told the new contractor’s fleet was modern and up to the latest environmental standards.
Cr Joe Jurisevic asked Mr Hamill and his staff to consider including the provision of electric or hydrogen powered sweepers in the next contract tender and was told that could be a possibility if the technology was available.
“I can’t speak highly enough of how important this service is to our council and our environment,” Cr Jurisevic said.
Cr Brian Stockwell said street sweeping was one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce nutrients getting in the waterways.
“I remember in the old Maroochy Shire’s water quality improvement plan it was cheaper to get more nutrients per dollar invested than actually by going to stormwater retention systems,” he said.
“The environmental impact is a positive one, you’re actually removing mostly leaf litter and organics that would otherwise be flushed out into the rivers.
“The fact that we’re collecting, putting it into the dump, composting and reusing on landscape is actually putting carbon and nutrients back into the soil.”
Under the contract high demand commercial areas like Gympie Tce will be swept daily.