Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…read more
Smart sprinklers installed along Cairns Esplanade Parklands
The Cairns Esplanade is the most visited location in Cairns, with more than 1 million people enjoying the parklands and its facilities each year. Under the Smart Urban Irrigation Project, 318 new sprinkler heads will be installed, along with flow and moisture sensors that will be connected to a smart network that will determine when irrigation is needed and allow for centralised management of the network.
Cairns Mayor Bob Manning advised “it’s one of the most important places in our region.
“There is an expectation that the Esplanade Parklands – particularly around the lagoon – are kept to a pristine standard.
“The current irrigation network on the Esplanade was installed when the parklands were first created about 15 years ago. It didn’t take into account all the extra facilities that have been added since then and isn’t giving us the efficiency that we’d like to have."
Mayor Manning said Council was working with CQUniversity to use ground surveillance technology that tests soil conditions, adding "initially, there will be a calibration process to work out the optimal soil moisture levels.
“CQUniversity is helping us out with this part of the project.
“Once the new infrastructure is installed, the network will be able to use that data to decide when irrigation is needed to keep the grass green without over-watering.
“We are positioning ourselves a leader in this technology for local government. There are many other councils who will be looking to us as a benchmark for smart watering.
“The new smart network will have many benefits - the most important of which is better control over water use, which we expect will lead to significant water savings.”
Master valves will provide an automatic shut-off in the event that the specified flow rate is exceeded due to a fault, and damage or blockages to the network will be self-reported via the central management software.
The project will be implemented in stages, starting with the Eastern Events Lawn at The Pier end of the Cairns Esplanade. Each stage requires a section of the parklands to be fenced off for up to two months while existing irrigation infrastructure is removed and the new network is installed. Drainage improvements and levelling will also be undertaken.
In total, the project is expected to take around 14 months, weather permitting. The staging takes into account major events on the Cairns Esplanade.
The $650,000 project includes a $250,000 contribution from the Australian Government through its Smart Cities and Suburbs grant.
Smart sensors and master valves are also being installed and integrated with existing irrigation at Munro Martin Parklands, the Cairns Botanic Gardens and Barlow Park.
23rd January 2019 - Cairns Convention Centre Generates $80 million in spending in 2018
27th December 2018 - Striking design unveiled for Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns
2nd October 2018 - Cairns Regional Council agrees Holloways Beach foreshore upgrade
28th May 2018 - Cairns Nature Play recognised as Queensland’s top playspace
26th November 2017 - New Nature Play space opens in Cairns
23rd August 2017 - Cairns’ Munro Martin Parklands delivers on vision
29th August 2014 - Parks and Leisure Australia recognises industry excellence
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…read more
BH Fitness, part of the long-standing and iconic bike manufacturer BH Group, is a global leader in fitness equipment for both Commercial and Home markets. The company, with the headquarters based in…read more
Anti Wave International is the original suppliers of top performance swim, aquatic sports, leisure and pool programming equipment. Founded in 1971, Anti Wave International is proud of its…read more
The P.A. People is a specialist integrator and contractor in sound reinforcement, audio visual systems, performance lighting and production communications. Over its almost 50 year history the company…read more
SPORTENG specialises in the Planning, Design and Construction inspection of Fields of Play for all sports. Blending engineering with the specialist knowledge gained from working closely with sport…read more
Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…read more
Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 30 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!