Coun­cil to cut costs by merg­ing work­shops

New de­pot a su­per sav­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­THONY GAL­LOWAY an­thony. gal­loway@ news. com. au

TOWNSVILLE City Coun­cil will cre­ate a su­per de­pot as it looks to move its two age­ing work­shop oper­a­tions in Dal­rym­ple Lane, Gar­butt, and Bam­ford Lane, Kir­wan.

The coun­cil will now call for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est in the de­sign and con­struc­tion or lease of a new fa­cil­ity in a lo­ca­tion CBD.

Mayor Jenny Hill said bring­ing the coun­cil’s work­shop oper­a­tions to­gether in a new mod­ern de­pot would de­liver broad- rang­ing op­er­a­tional and eco­nomic ben­e­fits.

“Con­sol­i­dat­ing oper­a­tions in new fa­cil­i­ties will im­prove the over­all ef­fi­ciency of coun­cil’s work­shops, which serve as the en­gine room for coun­cil’s

within 10km


the ba­sic ser­vices,” Cr Hill said. “Coun­cil’s cur­rent de­pots at Bam­ford Lane and Gar­butt were es­tab­lished in the 1970s and have served Townsville and Thuringowa well, but are in ur­gent need of ma­jor up­grades.

“We amal­ga­mated in 2008 and it’s now eight years on and I think it’s im­por­tant be­cause we get ef­fi­cien­cies when you amal­ga­mate your de­pots – you’ve got your boil­er­mak­ers in one de­pot and your me­chan­ics in another.

“It’s ridicu­lous if you’ve got to do work, for ex­am­ple, on garbage trucks, they do the weld­ing work at Bam­ford Lane and then the trucks have to do me­chan­i­cal re­pairs else­where.”

Cr Hill said there were a num­ber of lo­ca­tions where the new de­pot could be based in- clud­ing Gar­butt, Bohle parts of Mount Louisa.

She said the move was part of the Fa­cil­i­ties Master Plan the coun­cil had de­vel­oped to con­sol­i­date ad­min­is­tra­tive and op­er­a­tional fa­cil­i­ties.

“The master plan looked at coun­cil’s cur­rent and fu­ture work­shop needs and makes a com­pelling case for a brand new sin­gle fa­cil­ity in a cen­trally lo­cated site,” Cr Hill said.


“Re­lo­cat­ing to a new site would also al­low a fairly smooth tran­si­tion of coun­cil’s oper­a­tions, with the least dis­rup­tion to ser­vices and the com­mu­nity.”

The fu­ture of the Gar­butt and Bam­ford Lane sites will be fur­ther in­ves­ti­gated as part of the fa­cil­i­ties master plan and coun­cil’s on­go­ing re­quire­ments.

Fund­ing for the new de­pot pro­ject has been set aside in the coun­cil’s 2015- 16 op­er­a­tional bud­get.

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