Unley Publications : Unley Life Winter 2016
Goodwood Primary School students had the opportunity to use their green thumbs when they joined City of Unley staff to plant a selection of fruit trees in Goodwood’s Soutar Park in April. A group of Year 6 students helped Council staff to plant a small orchard of 15 citrus, avocado and white mulberry trees for the entire community to enjoy. The orchard will be maintained by Council and best of all, the produce is available to share for all park users. The planting of community fruit trees in Soutar Park on Alber t Street adds to the existing community fruit trees in Morrie Harrell, Henry Codd and Fullarton reserves. City of Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne says “the planting of community fruit trees in Unley parks and reserves is not only a great way for residents to enjoy fresh produce, but also a great way for children to learn about where their food comes from.” “ We hope it will inspire people to try growing food in their own back yards.” For more information, visit unley.sa .gov.au Keeping up with the latest technology is a full time job but the City of Unley is embracing the challenge with gusto to ensure its Works and Maintenance program continues to be more efficient and Council assets are ultimately better managed and maintained. From implementing mobile solutions for customer requests and work orders to reducing the amount of paper used, the technology has allowed Council to deliver more ef ficient and cost effective solutions for the wider community. City of Unley General Manager of Assets and Environment John Devine says every Council operational team is now expected to pick up a tablet and use new and appropriate technologies to deliver better services. “ T he bottom line is Council needs to provide consistent customer service by delivering projects, works and maintenance on time and on budget,” says Mr Devine. “By taking up this new technology and making sure all teams are using it, we are driving much higher levels of productivity but also significantly reducing risk, both at a business level and in the workplace.” The uniqueness of this roll out is that the whole maintenance program is now preventative based rather than reactive. “ T hree years ago, many jobs were simply ad hoc task management. Staff would receive a clipboard and off they would go for their day. Now, they can pick up a tablet and receive updates throughout the day. They get pinned locations with images of what needs to be done,” says Mr Devine. UNLEYLIFE 17 Technology increasing efficiency Fruit for all Cr Bob Schnell (left) and Cr Michael Rabbitt with Goodwood Primary School students.
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