The Dish gets an Upgrade


One of Australia’s most famous assets is about to undergo an upgrade. The CSIRO Parkes radio telescope, known to many of us as The Dish, will get a new receiver, meaning it will significantly increase the amount of sky it can see at any given time.

The Dish is no stranger to Aussie legend. Back in 1969, our radio telescope was responsible for those images we see of the astronauts from Apollo 11 walking on the moon. Decades later, in 2000, the Dish was thrust into the spotlight again, with Working Dog Productions highlighting its important role in relaying those steps onto the moon’s surface to a new generation through the dramatised movie adaptation, appropriately named The Dish.

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Rigorous and regular maintenance on assets saves lives


In 2016, four lives were lost in a tragic accident at Dreamworld. The Thunder River Rapids Ride (TRRR) malfunctioned, causing the raft to flip and claim the lives of four adults within it. Two children in the raft survived.

An inquest into the deaths of Cindy Law, Kate Goodchild, Roozbeh Araghi, and Luke Dorsett was held in Queensland with the findings released by Coroner James McDougall in late February. Investigations following the incident uncovered irrefutable evidence to show that Dreamland’s poor record of safety measures and a lack of regular and rigorous maintenance procedures are to blame for the accident.

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Big Batteries


Renewable energy seems to be an answer to the current climate crisis. The coal-fired plants are aging and many believe they are responsible for excessive greenhouse gas emissions. However, what happens when the wind isn’t tickling the leaves on trees, or the sun isn’t shining in the sky? Reliance on intermittent energy sources is problematic, as power cannot be generated during those times of darkness or stillness.

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Trains around Melbourne


In another instalment of Planes, Trains and Other Moving Assets, we’re taking a closer look at some of Melbourne’s level crossing removal projects.

Australia is experiencing unprecendented population growth, particularly on the eastern seaboard. With this growth in our cities and rural areas, there is an need to develop our infrastructure: roads, transport, services. Certainly this is the case here in Melbourne, with level crossings at major intersections coming down before our very eyes. The completion of the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal (CTD) project in 2018 saw the removal of nine dangerous and frustrating level crossings with replacement skyrail. The shifting upwards of the rail lines has created open spaces and community hubs, as well as increased the flow of traffic and decreased the time and frustration in commuters along the major arterial routes.

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Outsourcing Maintenance in your Organisation


We seem to live in an era of outsourcing. Anything that we no longer have the time or inclination to do, we outsource. Our home cleaning, our dinners, our grocery shopping is all examples of outsourcing and how it benefits us. But what is it teaching the younger generation about ‘elbow-grease’ work or the banalities of life? And does it give us cause to wonder about the chain of standards?

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