Unley Publications : Unley Life Autumn 2018
14 While many retirees are slowing down, Brian Measday has spent his retirement years designing and manufacturing the international award-winning Greenwell Water Saver. In a true case of necessity-born invention, the Greenwell Water Saver was a result of Mr Measday’s frustration at seeing precious water running off his sloping block when watering his trees. “I lived on a sloping block and every time I watered my trees, the water would run down the hill before it had a chance to soak into the soil,” Mr Measday says. “So I came up with the Greenwell idea. The Greenwell is made of recycled plastic, it has a zip join that makes installing and reusing simple and means it can be placed around existing trees or a tree at the time of planting. It forms a well to hold the water and deliver it right where the trees need it.” Twenty years on, Brian’s award-winning invention is sold around the globe and is used as a key water saving device by councils both locally and Australia wide, including the City of Unley. Joel Ashforth, from the City of Unley’s arboriculture/ hor ticulture team says “assisting in ensuring the survival of our juvenile trees, the use of the Greenwell product has become par t of Council’s standard planting procedures”. For more information about the Greenwell Water Saver, visit greenwellwatersavers.com The City of Unley has secured a $264,000 Smart Cities and Suburbs Grant from the Federal Government to integrate smart technology at Heywood Park, improving safety and usability of the popular park and reducing operating and maintenance costs. City of Unley’s General Manager City Development John Devine, says installation of revolutionary technology will make Heywood Park a testing ground for ‘intelligent’ parks in South Australia. “As a Council, we’re proud to have received the largest grant of this kind to be handed out in South Australia and it’s a testament to the City of Unley’s long- standing commitment to innovation and improving usability of our public spaces,” Mr Devine says. Smar t technology that will be installed as part of the project includes an electric car charging station, community WiFi, predictive lighting, apps to help people check the availability of car parking and barbecues, technology to notify the Council when bins need to be emptied, and to minimise and monitor water usage. “Not only will the new technology save our ratepayers money, it will be almost entirely invisible as it will be concealed underground and inside existing infrastructure such as light poles, bins and watering systems,” Mr Devine says. Project designer and smar t city exper t Corey Gray, of Unley-based LVX Engineers, says Unley is at the forefront of smar t city technology that would benefit both locals and visitors to the area. “It’s all about making it safer and easier for people to live and work while also delivering commercial and environmental benefits,” Mr Gray says. For more information please visit unley.sa .gov.au Award-winning Water Saver Unley leading the charge with smart cities technology Brian Measday.
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