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

Fleet Management Market worth $35.35 Billion by 2019

carThe fleet management market is expected to grow from $12.06 billion in 2014 to $35.35 billion by 2019*.

With the rapid increase in transportation of man and materials, the competition among the fleet owners is becoming tougher. The hike in fuel price, in addition, is making the fleet owners ponder over increasing efficiencies in their business operations. Specific norms have been introduced to reduce the CO2 emission from transportation and logistics activities and this in turn is making fleet performance monitoring and fuel consumption management extremely important for the fleet owners.

Fleet management is about smartening the fleet vehicles operations. Intelligent fleet management solutions based on technologies such as Global Positioning system (GPS)-based telematics are helping fleet operators to enhance operational efficiencies in terms of improving vehicle performance and mileage, enhancing operational reliability and safety, maintenance planning, driver control, and optimizing navigation and routes.

The number of vehicles is increasing globally with a major boom in the emerging economies; this has a positive impact on the fleet management industry.

Organisations from public transport, service sectors, logistics, and retail industries are expected to bring huge business opportunities for the fleet management vendors. The key strategies followed by many of the leading companies in the fleet management market are new technology, customized solution, and acquiring relatively small domain expert players.

*“Fleet Management Market by Components, Technologies and Services (Fleet Analytics, Vehicle Tracking & Fleet Monitoring, Telemetric, Vendor Services), by Fleet Vehicle Types (Trucks, Light Goods, Buses, Corporate Fleets, Container Ships, Aircrafts) – Global Forecast to 2019”