It was a sunny winter's day last Sunday at Eastern Creek for round four of the Australian Motor Racing Nationals at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Dial Before You Dig at two race teams at the event.
The Primmer Race Team had two cars in the Dial Before You Dig Super Six Touring Car series. And Jon McCorkindale competed in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.
Jon McCorkindale had the better of the event, with a first place finish in the first race of the day. A second place to Ryan Simpson in the second race was enough for Jon to claim first place in the Professional Class for the round.
Jon is sitting second outright and second in the Professional Class after the weekend.
Mark Primmer picked up 66 points over the round to sit in tenth spot in the outright championship.
The video below shows the highlights of the day for both teams. Vision was taken from Nationals TV live streaming the event and on an iPhone.
As a free, non-profit service, Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT is a major supporter of surf lifesaving.
The NSW Surf Life Saving Championships are the largest event on the 2014/15 surf lifesaving calendar to be held in this State.
The 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships were co-hosted by Ocean Beach and Umina Surf Lifesaving Clubs.
The State’s premier surf event has been held at this location for the last three years. It attracts more than 7000 competitors from all over NSW, along with 600 volunteer officials and up to 15,000 family and spectators.
It was a stellar event for Dial Before You Dig crews, with seven crews making the semi finals and six reaching the final in their respective divisions.
Crews from Cudgen Headland, Bondi, Moruya and Mona Vale featured.
Special attention also goes to the Austinmer crews who raced in their Dial Before You Dig livery from the Ocean Thunder Pro Surfboat series.
The Australian surf lifesaving championships on the Gold Coast in April will mark the end of the season.
Best of luck to all Dial Before You Dig crews at the Australian titles.
Honour Roll - 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships
Open Women Bondi - semi finalists Austinmer - finalists (second)
Open Men Austinmer - finalists (second) Moruya - finalists (third) Mona Vale - finalists (fourth)
This week was the launch of a new initiative to improve asset protection.
A Locator Steering Committee had its first meeting in Parramatta.
The Steering Committee is a collaboration between utilities, authorities, local Government and industry associations for civil construction and asset location to improve the quality of utility location in New South Wales.
The Steering Committee is an initiative of Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT and the Civil Contractors Fedation of NSW.
More information on the work of the Committee will appear as the project unfolds.
Above: The inaugural Locator Steering Committee meeting. Organisations attending (left to right): Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT, Taren Group, Jemena, Optus, Durkin, Downer Engineering, NSW Local Government, Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT, Diona, Civil Contractors Federation of NSW, National Utility Locating Contractors Association, Roads and Maritime Services NSW, NBN Co.
Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT supports four small motorsport teams.
As the motosport season winds down, the teams can reflect on successful seasons.
Shane Wynd has been crowned national drag racing champion in the Modified Aeroflow Sportsman division. Read about Shane's victory here.
Jon McCorkindale had a barnstorming finish to the season to finish second in the GT3 Porsche Challenge. Read details of Jon's clean sweep at Queensland Raceway here.
Mark Primmer and Cameron Moss finished tenth and twelfth at Wakefield Park in the final round of the 2014 Dial Before You Dig Australian Super 6 Touring Car Series.
And Courtney O'Hehir has been recording fast lap times in the wingless sprintcars at Sydney Speedway. At the meeting on 11 October Courtney recorded the fastest lap time in Heat 1, finishing second. She started ninth in the A Main final at the same event, finishing 11th.
Earlier this month the teams gathered for a photoshoot at Sydney Speedway. You can read about the shoot here.
To mark the end of the season, Jon McCorkindale hosted a track day at the Wakefield Park circuit near Goulburn. Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT Directors Trent Wray and John Croxson were taken for a lap with Jon.
Above:Top Director John Croxson (yellow polo) views the McCorkindale GT3 Porsche. Bottom Director Trent Wray takes a trip with Jon McCorkindale
As a free, non-profit service, Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT likes to support other non-profit community services.
One of these events is the Sydney to the 'Gong Bike Ride.
The Ride raises funds for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is the most common disease of the central nervous system and affects more than 23,000 Australians.
This is the third year that Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT has sponsored a team in the Sydney to the 'Gong Bike Ride.
Members of the DBYD1100 team are employed at Dial Before You Dig member company Ausgrid.
The DBYD1100 team raised $10,721. This creditable result made DBYD1100 the top non-profit fundraising team and 32nd overall. The event overall raised $2.9 million.
It is not generally known that the average age of diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis is typically between 20 and 40 years of age. Or that Multiple Sclerosis affects three times as many women as men.
The fundraising supports MS Australia in its work. MS Australia lessens the effects of Multiple Sclerosis on people affected by the disease, as well as their families, carers and the community, by offering a wide range of services, equipment and support. The goal is to assist everyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis to live life to their fullest potential and secure the care and support they need, until we ultimately find a cure.
Congratulations to everyone who worked to make team DBYD1100 such a success.
Above: The DBYD1100 team, ranked top fundraiser among non-profit teams in 2014
This month Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT participated in two major conferences.
The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia NSW State Conference was held at the Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort.
The Conference included the the Road Safety, Water Directorate and NSW State Forums.
The audience included Engineers, Public Works Managers, Group Managers, Supervisors, Technical Staff, Councillors, Directors and General Managers in local government, utilities and State Government departments.
The following week the Local Government NSW Annual Conference was also held in Coffs Harbour.
This Conference is the annual policy-making event for the 152 councils of NSW. Local councillors meet to share ideas and debate issues that shape the way we are governed.
Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT was pleased to attend and support both conferences.
Above: The IPWEA NSW State Conference, with Chief Executive Officer John Roydhouse (right)
Above: (left) Manager Dominic Puiu with the State of Origin trophy, (right) delegates at the Local Government NSW Annual Conference
Above: With City of Sydney Councillor Christine Forster
Courtney O'Hehir is a 20 year old hairdresser who races a wingless sprintcar at Sydney Speedway in Granville. You can read an earlier story about Courtney here.
The sprintcar season is well underway. Courtney competes in a distinctive pink car with matching race suit and helmet.
Last weekend Courtney took her sprint car off track, to the carpark at her local McDonald's in McGraths Hill.
The occasion was the annual McHappy Day, a major fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Funds raised on McHappy Day go towards a range of programs including Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, the Ronald McDonald Learning Program and Ronald McDonald Family Retreats Program.
The 2014 fundraising goal of $3 million equates to over 23,000 nights accommodation in a Ronald McDonald House for families with seriously ill children.
Now in its 24th year, McHappy Day has raised over $28 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Above: Courtney O'Hehir and her pit crew support McHappy Day at McGraths Hill near Windsor
As a free, non-profit service, Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT likes to support other non-profit community services.
One of these is Camp Quality, a charity that supports families that have children living with cancer.
The name Camp Quality comes from the idea that no-one can do anything about the quantity of anyone's life, but all of us can do something about the quality.
Camp Quality's major annual fundraising event is the esCarpade.
Camp Quality esCarpade takes place in October each year. Now in its 23rd year, esCarpade entrants drive on outback roads for seven days in vehicles that are at least 20 years old.
In 2014 the esCarpade is travelling from Broken Hill To Albury.
In 2013 the event went from Bundaberg to Wollongong and raised over $1.2 million.
This is the twelfth year that Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT has sponsored Car 1100. In recognition of Dial Before You Dig's support, Camp Quality CEO Simon Rountree presented a special plaque in October 2014.
Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT supports Car 1100 through a donation to Camp Quality and merchandise for the team to hand out on the way.
Above:Car 1100 team members Tony Draybi, Hans Elzerman, Tony Saab and George Loulach on the 2014 esCarpade
Above: Car 1100 on the 2014 esCarpade
Above: Camp Quality CEO Simon Rountree (left) presents Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT Manager Dominic Puiu (centre) and Assistant Manager Otre Moussa (right) with a special award recognising 12 years of support for the esCarpade
The City of Parramatta is a major employment centre and transport hub in western Sydney.
Many thousands of people travel to Parramatta for business, shopping and recreation in addition to the 174,000 that live there.
A clue to the importance of Parramatta is that it is one of only four Councils in NSW with a Lord Mayor. Another clue is that Parramatta is the name of both a State and Commonwealth electorate.
Because of its economic importance and position in the centre of Sydney, Parramatta is also a locus for major infrastructure. This includes energy, communications and other vital services.
Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT has good relations with Parramatta's Members of Parliament, Lord Mayor, Councillors and staff.
For some years Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT has been a major sponsor of the Parramatta Australia Day carnival.
Recently Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT was able to support two major events in Parramatta.
The first event was the Royal NSW Lancers Parade. The Parade celebrated the centenary of the raising of the First Light Horse in August 1914.
Parramatta Council brought Australian military history to life with a street parade in the Parramatta CBD. The Parade featured cavalry, tanks and armoured vehicles.
The second event was the Lady Mayoress' Charity Gala Evening. The Evening supported charities Camp Lionheart, the Children’s Medical Research Institute, Giant Steps, Lymphoma Australia and White Stone.
Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT was proud to support both events.
Above: The Governor-General takes the salute of the Royal NSW Lancers in Parramatta
Above: State MP for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee with Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT Manager Dominic Puiu at the Charity Gala Evening in Oatlands
GITA is a not-for-profit organisation which promotes the benefits of geospatial information and location-aware technologies. It is the professional association for anyone using geospatial technology to manage, operate, plan and develop infrastructure.
Members of GITA are professionals working with utilities, telecommunication companies, technology businesses and the public sector.
This week GITA held its annual conference at the University of Technology, Sydney.
National Dial Before You Dig CEO Carlos Campino was a late withdrawal from the conference. Carlos has taken up opportunities elsewhere and the Dial Before You Dig service wishes him all the best.
The conference was the venue for the announcement of winners of two annual awards - the Dial Before You Dig High Performance Award and the GITA Excellence Award.
GITA introduced the Dial Before You Dig High Performance Award in 2007 to recognise high performance by member companies responding to Dial Before You DIg enquiries.
A competition is conducted anonymously to compare member companies' responses to a set of enquiries. These responses are judged on the basis of speed of response, quality of response, availability, accuracy and quality of material provided to the enquirer.
A perpetual trophy is awarded each year.
In 2014 there were three finalists - Western Power (WA), Essential Energy (NSW) and Energex (QLD).
Essential Energy and Energex shared the trophy, which was presented by Jonathan Russell, Executive Manager, Strategic Business Development from the national Dial Before You Dig office.
The winners received a prize pack of merchandise provided by Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT.
GITA Excellence Award finalists were Unity Water (QLD) and Western Power (WA).
A notable feature was that both finalists' projects related to the Dial Before You Dig service.
Western Power were the winner for 2014.
Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT extends congratulations to all finalists and winners.
Above: GITA President Antoine Burdett (left) and Dial Before You Dig Executive Manager Jonathan Russell present Essential Energy and Energex with their awards.
Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT has an Executive that meets in months when the full Board does not meet.
In 2014 the Executive has travelled NSW and the ACT to meet with representatives of Dial Before You Dig members.
This year the Executive visited Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga. This week the Executive was in Canberra and met with representatives of ACT members.
Stepehn Mudford from multi utility ActewAGL was introuduced to the Executive by outgoing representative Frank Cortes.
Chris Dale from the Commonwealth Department of Finance and David Hodgson from Canberra Aiport also attended.
Meetings are scheduled in Moruya and Coffs Harbour later in 2014.
Visit the Upcoming Events page for information on when the Executive is coming to your location.
Above: (left to right) incoming ActewAGL representative Stephen Mudford, Chris Dale from the Department of Finance, NSW/ACT Manager Dominic Puiu, outgoing ActewAGL representative Frank Cortes, David Hodgson from Canberra Airport, Chairman Janssen Chan from Sydney Water
The Dial Before You Dig service operates around Australia. The service is composed of five State associations and a national office.
Four times a year all Dial Before You Dig Managers meet to discuss ways to improve the Dial Before You Dig service.
In July 2014 it was the turn of NSW/ACT to host the meeting at the Cudgen Headland Surf Lifesaving Club in Kingscliff, just south of Tweed Heads. Cudgen Headland SLSC had been the location of the Australian IRB Titles just a week earlier.
In past years the meeting has been hosted at Parliament House, Canberra and Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club.
Apart from the busy agenda and the presence of operational contractor PelicanCorp, the meeting offered the opportunity to meet with former Australian Rugby League fullback Gary Belcher.
Many experienced people in building and construction think that pipes and cables can only be found in the road and footpath.
In fact many major networks are located on private property.
In NSW excavators are required by law to notify Dial Before You Dig for all work, including on private property.
Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT works with industry associations to alert people in building and construction to their obligations.
In July Dial Before You Dig sponsored the Civil Engineering Projects division of the Master Builders Association Northern NSW Region Building Industry Awards.
The Housing Awards reward quality, workmanship and innovation in residential and commercial projects across project home builders, contract builders, multi-unit developers, medium density housing builders and builders specialising in alterations and additions.
The awards were so popular in 2014 that 100 more people attended the awards ceremony than in 2013.
Winners were Atlanta Building, Damian Connellan Building and Hutchinson Builders.
Above: Seminars at Oatlands Golf Course in July 2014. Left- Trent Wray from Jemena talks to Ausgrid. Centre- Peter Brown from Trenchless Advisor addresses the Horizontal Directional Drilling industry. Right- Ron Harrison from Optus advises builders.
High pressure natural gas pipelines are in many urban and suburban areas.
Yet because they are buried and because there has never been a death or serious injury due to a high pressure gas pipeline leak in Australia, people can take them for granted.
Pipeline industry records show that pipeline incursions from people from outside the pipeline industry continue to happen. Third party incursions cause danger to excavators, to the wider public and to critical infrastructure.
The Australian National University is conducting a project aimed at better understanding of why third party pipeline incursions occur to identify ways to maintain the integrity of pipelines and improve community safety.
This includes learning about:
how third parties see and think about accidental pipeline violation
how third parties understand risk and responsibility
whether people working near pipelines have adequate knowledge of the risks.
This research is of significant benefit to the pipeline industry, to utility contractors and subcontractors and to the general public.
If you would like to be involved in this research, please contact: Dr Vanessa McDermott, The Australian National University (02) 6125 1995 or M: 0401 827 241 Email: email@example.com
Acknowledgements: This work was funded by the Energy Pipelines CRC, supported through the Australian Governments Cooperative Research Centres Program. The cash and in-kind support from the APIA RSC is gratefully acknowledged.
Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT is the major sponsor of six surf lifesaving clubs in NSW.
We sponsor surf lifesaving clubs because as a free, non-profit community service we like to support other free, non-profit community services.
Tea Gardens Hawks Nest is one of the smaller surf lifesaving clubs that we sponsor.
Small in terms of membership perhaps, but big in heart.
Tea Gardens Hawks Nest has become the first surf club in NSW to be awarded Gold Level Status as part of the Surf Life Saving Quality Club Program.
Gold Level Status is the highest level of the Program. It is awarded to clubs which have shown outstanding progress over the season in all areas including lifesaving and patrols, training and education, surf sports, member services, administration, finance and marketing.
Tea Gardens Hawks Nest President Stephen Howell was thrilled.
“This couldn't have been achieved without the hard work of our secretary Maxine Cook, who went through the archives and provided all the evidence to demonstrate that we are indeed, a quality club,” said Mr Howell.
Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT congratulates Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Surf Lifesaving Club on meeting the Gold Standard.
Above: (Left) The symbol that marks a Gold Quality surf lifesaving club in NSW. (Right) Club President Stephen Howell poses with Tea Gardens Hawks Nest's surf boat in 2012.
House Rules is a popular reality program now showing on the Seven Network nationally.
Six teams travel Australia renovating each others' houses. The winning team has their mortgage paid in full.
This month contestants have managed to damage four underground pipes and cables in the yards of different properties.
A sewer pipe from a septic tank, a stormwater drainage pipe, a telephone cable and a gas service were all cut.
While this is reality TV, the risks and costs are the same as for anyone else; lost time, the cost of repair, danger and loss of supply.
The pipes and cables that bring gas, water and electricity from the street to your house are called services. Telecommunications cables are called lead-ins.
Services can be tricky to work around as they are often shallow. They can also be unpredictable. There are often privately-installed services on private properties. And utilities often do not know exactly where services run once onsite.
So what could the House Rules contestants have done to lessen the risk of hitting services?
Dial Before You Dig The House Rules contestants did have Dial Before You Dig plans.
This was smart because while information on services can be sketchy, information provided through Dial Before You Dig is still useful.
For example, plans will usually show where the service is coming from and where it enters the property.
Dial Before You Dig will also show any mains and cables on the property. Many major networks on private property do not have an easement.
And remember in NSW it's the law to notify Dial Before You Dig - including private property.
Look for Clues Reality TV contestants work to strict deadlines. This pressure can make it hard to take the time to look around for evidence of where services are located.
But taking the time to look for clues is time well spent.
Clues onsite can include a downpipe running down a wall into the ground, a water or gas meter, or the top of a septic tank.
As Dial Before You Dig plans usually show where the service comes from in the street, you can often look for the pit or valve that shows where the service originates.
All these clues can allow you to piece together where the service pipe or cable will be.
Ask for Help Often the homeowner or facilities manager will know something about where the pipes and cables are.
On major sites there are often diagrams available of the services installed.
Member utilities will provide help over the phone to understand what the plans are showing. Contact numbers are provided with every plan.
Help is also available from professional cable and pipe locators. Locators charge by the hour to locate pipes and cables.
Telstra provides a list of accredited locators with every Dial Before You Dig plan. The Utility Location Contractors Association also has a list of locators at www.nulca.com.au.
Hiring a locator will cost you money, but it may save you much more in time and cost.
Above: Hitting services and lead-ins means cost and danger. Dial Before You Dig can help to lessen this risk.
As a non-profit community service, Dial Before You Dig has the strong support of governments at all levels.
Assistant Manager Otre Moussa attended events in May and June to meet with some of the parliamentary supporters of Dial Before You Dig in NSW and the ACT.
In May Otre attended a special reception to launch the Parramatta Young Leaders' Forum. The forum is a partnership between Parramatta City Council and the University of Western Sydney. Among those attending were Parramatta Lord Mayor John Chedid, State MP for Granville Tony Issa and State MP for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee.
Mona Vale Surf Lifsaving Club held its annual presentation night in May. Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for the Central Coast, and Assistant Minister for Planning Rob Stokes attended the event.
In June the NSW Government held a Community Cabinet meeting in Parramatta. Attending were John Ajaka MLC, State MP for Baulkham Hills David Elliott and State MP for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee.
Above: (Left) Premier Mike Baird at the Parramatta Community Cabinet meeting in June. (Right) Assistant Manager Otre Moussa with Rob Stokes, State MP for Pittwater and Mona Vale SLSC member.
Above: Assistant Manager Otre Moussa at the Parramatta Young Leaders' Forum in May. On the left is Tony Issa, State MP for Granville. Second from the right is John Chedid, Lord Mayor of Parramatta.
Shane Wynd is passionate about two things - the Richmond Football Club and drag racing.
That passion explains why Shane is currently leading the ANDRA Modified Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing Championship for 2014.
Last weekend Shane made the trip up the Hume Highway to compete at the X-Champs at Western Sydney International Dragway.
The trip from Melbourne was no trouble for Shane. When he lived in Perth, Shane Wynd crossed the Nullarbor 55 times to compete in the eastern States.
That travel is in the past now that Shane has moved back to his native Victoria.
Shane was hopeful of winning at WSID. Not just to preserve his lead in the Drag Racing Championship, but to provide a trophy he could present to his father Kevin Wynd.
Kevin has been Shane's greatest supporter, making many trips across the Nullarbor to support Shane.
Shane made the semi finals of his previous events in Adelaide and Melbourne, only to have the weather get in the way.
Sadly there was no trophy from Sydney either, with Shane being eliminated on the final day.
The good news is that Shane still leads the Modified Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing Championship for 2014.
Above: (Left) Shane Wynd's entry, leading the Modified Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing Championship. (Right) Shane Wynd (centre) with Manager Dominic Puiu (right) and Saloon Car drivers Ian Chvas and Mark Primmer (left).
If you attended the event in Redfern, or will attend a forum later in 2014, please note that you must register on the night and complete the CPD Quiz in order to receive Continuing Professional Development points.
Above: (left) Ted Walsh from WorkCover NSW assists with the showbags. (right) Otre Moussa from Dial Before You Dig talks about safe digging.
The first Forum for the building and construction industry for 2014 was held in Granville this week.
The event was held in partnership with the Blouza Association at their hall in Blaxcell Street Granville.
150 people from the building, trades and construction industries attended the event.
Presentations on safe digging were given by representatives from Endeavour Energy, Jemena Natural Gas, Workcover NSW, Telstra and Dial Before You Dig.
100 licensed builders registered for Continuing Professional Development points on the night.
The Granville forum is the first for 2014. Forums for the industry are usually held between February and November.
A number of forums are being arranged for 2014. Visit the Calendar of Events to view coming forums. If you would like to attend an event, register your interest on the Register for an Event page.
If you attended the event in Granville, or will attend a forum later in 2014, please note that you must register on the night and complete the CPD Quiz in order to receive Continuing Professional Development points.
Above: An article from The Future arabic language newspaper covering the forum. Below: Trent Wray from Jemena addresses the forum.