Lithgow delivers innovation, while sustainably recovering from disaster

The Lithgow region continues to suffer the effects of several natural disasters, with this comes opportunity. However, in collaboration with the Australian Government, Downer EDI and All Pavement Solutions, Lithgow Council is delivering innovative infrastructure to benefit our community today, and those of the future.

It is without doubt that the effects of recent natural disasters have been significant and widespread. Recovering from these disasters in an environment characterised by continued rain, material shortages, and a lack of labour resources has been a headache for the Council and its community.

“While this is a very difficult time, this is a chance for us to step back and consider opportunities to innovate and achieve broader measures of success other than just rehabilitation,” said Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Jonathon Edgecombe. “Recent road renewals at Hassans Walls Road and Methven Street, are a good example. These projects have used a unique blend of 60% recycled materials by incorporating reclaimed asphalt pavements, crushed glass, soft plastics and printer toners. Not only does the final result comply with or exceed performance specifications, through reduced reliance on imported bitumen we are also decarbonizing our operations, consuming fewer natural resources, and lowering project costs.”

“This Council’s commitment to this community goes beyond just roads, rates and rubbish,” said Lithgow City Council’s Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham. “We continue to innovate, to be the best we can be. In this instance, Council has delivered a project that is a first in the state. The Council administration really is such a small team, and I am very proud of what maybe achieved with dedication and passion.”

“This project also highlights to me circular economy and environmental sustainability” continued Mayor Statham. “We must reprocess by-products from carbon-reliant industry, and reuse spoil from construction projects and household waste. This is one step in the right direction.”

“Lithgow’s recovery from these disasters continues,” noted Mayor Statham. “A tender was published last week requesting contractor responses for the reconstruction of lengths of Coxs River Road, Magpie Hollow Road, Glen Davis Road, Lowther Siding Road, among many others. I encourage all our local contractors to submit a response. Should any resident have questions regarding Council’s disaster recovery, please feel free to contact the administration at any time.”

This work is funded by the Australian Government’s Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, delivered in collaboration with Downer EDI and All Pavement Solutions.

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