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

Facility Managers Play Critical Role in Fire Safety and Evacuation

fireFire safety is perhaps the most important area in which a facility manager is involved, and it requires the individual to have some knowledge about a wide range of topics, including operational considerations, testing and inspection requirements and policies and procedures. Specifically, experts note that a facility manager needs to know at least a little bit about the sprinkler system and the fire alarm system and have some knowledge about fire drills, emergency planning, housekeeping and storage practices, as well as a building’s fire egress features.

It is also important that any fire protection equipment on site is routinely serviced so that it is kept in proper working order and ready when needed.

Urban Maintenance Systems is committed to protecting the health and safety of all workers, the environment we operate in and to the delivery of quality service to our customers.

FM’s Fire Safety Checklist

  1. Fire protection equipment and systems are regularly inspected to ensure they will function effectively if and when they are needed, and also to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and applicable Australian Standards.
  2. Fire sprinklers, water spray, mist or deluge solutions are be tailored to suit the requirements of the building.
  3. The team is confident and trained to respond appropriately in the event of a fire.
  4. Occupants are made aware of the important of keeping fire doors closed at all times to stop flames spreading throughout a building.
  5. Evacuation plans and routes must be shared with occupants and exit signage should be clearly marked.

Free road conditions app

road-app-152x300MyRoadInfo initiative is a free app providing access to all local road event information from its member councils as well as all NSW and QLD state road information. It is a single source of road knowledge for the travelling Public in those areas covered.

The MyRoadInfo website was developed in 2010 as an online information hub listing road closures and delays due to accidents, storms or rising floodwaters.

The app’s most exciting feature, which is not available on the website, is an automatic notification system.

MyRoadInfo provides updates from councils across northern NSW, and the State Government’s Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), to give people localised knowledge at their fingertips to help them make sensible decisions on the road.

Using the ‘favourites’ function, people can nominate up to ten favourite roads and receive automatic notifications should accidents, storms or flooding occur.

“The website has been very successful, but we realised the next logical step was to create a simple, free app that people could download and have with them at all times.

“It only takes a few minutes to download, but it could save you much more than that down the track.”

The MyRoadInfo app can be downloaded via the App Store for iPhones or the Google Play Store for Android devices.

If people or property are at risk, phone the SES immediately on 132 500. If you are in an emergency situation, always call 000.

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