Ryan St bridge another ex­am­ple of waste of time

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

FORTY years ago I at­tended Townsville Coun­cil meet­ings regularly and was al­ways amazed that the ma­jor­ity of the Works and Ser­vices men­tioned in the re­ports tabled were well above the ini­tial bud­get al­lo­ca­tion.

There was never any dis­cus­sion, ques­tions asked or ex­pla­na­tion given. Many were two or three times the orig­i­nal au­tho­rised ex­pen­di­ture al­lot­ted for the pro­ject, but coun­cil­lors just au­tho­rised the pay­ment, or ex­cess pay­ment.

In 1959- 60, when I was at Mary Kath­leen Ura­nium, I took a cor­re­spon­dence course “Time and Mo­tion Stud­ies” now called “Time and Meth­ods Stud­ies” – ba­si­cally it’s the study and anal­y­sis of a pro­duc­tion line or pro­cess­ing pro­ce­dure method­ol­ogy to sim­plify, stream­line and op­ti­mise the pro­cess­ing rate of ma­te­ri­als, and min­imise op­er­a­tor han­dling time and move­ment, ef­fec­tively re­duc­ing the cost of pro­duc­tion.

I see work­ers weed­ing me­dian strips, and I think one man could hose the area with Wa­ter and Weed ( or is it Weed and Wa­ter?)

When they cut the me­dian strip grass, they don’t use mo­tor mow­ers – they use whip­per snip­pers. Why?

About the end of Fe­bru­ary the dis- mantling of the Ryan St bridge, Bel­gian Gar­dens, widened the drain and con­structed a stormwa­ter drain that di­vides the site. Ve­hi­cles have had to travel around the block just to get to the other side of the work­site.

I can­not un­der­stand why they took out their ac­cess to the other side of the work­site, hav­ing to go 500- 600m in­stead of 20m over the bridge for four months. If they dis­man­tled it to work or widen the area un­der it, they could have saved a lot of time and money if they com­pleted the works at that site and built the new bridge im­me­di­ately and used it.

They are just do­ing the bridge deck­ing now.

I note in Letters ( TB, June 26), Chris of Rowes Bay timed four coun­cil work­ers at smoko from 9am to 10.30am and as an ex- time and method cost clerk, I just won­dered if that non­pro­duc­tive six man hours ( plus truck rate time) will be booked against the Ryan St pro­ject be­cause I have this feel­ing that it will come in way over bud­get es­ti­mates.

It is ob­vi­ous that good stew­ard­ship of ratepay­ers money de­mands ac­count­abil­ity.



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