Grounds and Open Spaces team helps Council with tacks at Edinburgh gardens

grn-300x209Just a day after the welcoming of 2015, a local resident stumbled across barbed wire tacks in Edinburgh Gardens, a busy inner city Melbourne park.  The UMS Grounds and Open Space team assisted Yarra City Council by removing in excess of 600 tacks from the park.

The tacks were the size of a 10 cent piece and appeared to be hand-cut from barbed wire.  They had multiple spikes that could easily penetrate and injure park users.

Given the high park user rates during the summer school holiday period, Council and UMS responded with great urgency to manage this public risk. Council alerted the public and advised people who were cycling, exercising pets and enjoying the playground with their children, to be extra cautious.

A large proportion of the tacks were retrieved from the 24 hectare park by the UMS team’s effort in both manually searching and also using innovative high powered magnet sweepers to pick up the tacks that were embedded in mulch and grassy areas. The majority of the tacks were found along walking and cycling paths, near children’s play equipment and around trees.


The joint, partnered response to this crisis reinforced Council’s commitment to providing a safe place for the local Yarra community, with the UMS Grounds and Open Spaces Team as their “Safe, Trusted, Expert”.

Acting CEO of Yarra City Council, Ivan Gilbert, expresses his appreciation:

“I [would like to] express the sincere gratitude of the [Yarra City Council] Executive team on [UMS’] work efforts and commitment to the incident recovery phase regarding the removal of tacks found in Edinburgh Gardens… I have been advised that [UMS] has been very proactive and dedicated to this important recovery task on behalf of the Council and the community. Clearly, this has been a major task for the organisation and one that has required a great deal of individual and team effort to work towards clearing the park of these items…It is greatly appreciated.”

Ivan Gilbert Acting CEO of Yarra City Council

Business Clean Up Australia Day

ZERO HARM to the Environment

At UMS, we believe every company has a responsibility to positively contribute to the community and to cause ZERO HARM to the environment.

As part of this initiative, the UMS Notting Hill team registered to Business Clean Up Australia Day, on 24 February 2015, as part of promoting a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

The team dedicated their morning by picking up litter from nature strips and footpaths and collected 7 garbage bags full of litter!

Many of our contracts involve cleaning municipalities on a regular basis, however, at UMS we believe in supporting communities in which we operate in and have dedicated Business Clean Up Australia Day to voluntarily clean up our local community for everyone to enjoy.




UMS Notting Hill team collects 7 garbage bags full of litter