Around 265 council-managed buildings across Byron Shire will be audited over the coming four months by four student engineers, say Council staff.
The buildings include sheds, halls, toilets, depots, community leases, libraries, and recreation buildings.
Council’s manager Assets and Major Projects, Phil Warner said, ‘This is one of those great win-win situations where Council saw an opportunity to provide valuable, career-building work for some engineering students at our local universities.’
‘It’s the first time we’ve done something like this and we’re looking forward to managing the student team as they get to put their problem solving, data capture, technical building assessment and team building skills to the test – all under the mentorship and supervision of our senior project managers.’
He says the four students are from Griffith (Gold Coast), QUT, Southern Cross (Lismore), and Curtin (WA) universities.
Warner added, ‘By directly managing the students ourselves, and not employing a company to do the work, we’d expect to save Council around $70,000.’