Council is adding smart technology to further improve the speed, accuracy and efficiency of the footpath inspections across the city.
Quad bikes with cameras and GPS tracking will be used to capture the information needed to assess the condition of the 510kms of footpaths in the Local Government Area.
The new method will halve the total inspection cost and reduce the length of time of the annual footpath inspections from 10 months to eight weeks.
“This new system saves time and money and helps to gather accurate and specialist information about our footpaths and cycleways that will assist in their maintenance,” said Mayor George Brticevic.
“The cameras on the bikes will be able to identify and pick up any cracks, damage, vertical displacement and any other defects while the GPS will pinpoint where repairs are needed,” Cr Brticevic said.
The first phase of the assessment will cover Glenfield to Leumeah in the city’s north and include 250km of footpaths with the southern suburbs to be covered next year.
The quad bikes will travel at a low speed and the view of the cameras is limited to the footpath and will not record people or private property.