Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced a tech rollout in the humble world of tree watering:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today announced that a project is underway to water more than 22,000 young trees throughout 94 suburbs of Canberra utilising GPS technology to map tree locations.
“The ACT Government is embracing GPS and spatial technology to improve the efficiency of the current watering program for trees on suburban verges and in urban parkland,” the Chief Minister said.
“These new technologies have allowed us to give each young tree a precise geographic location that can be presented on maps or enlarged aerial photographs so that contractors can easily locate the young trees.
Four local contractors will carry out the watering of the young trees utilising seven trucks ranging in capacity from 7000 litres to 9000 litres of non-potable water from Canberra’s urban lakes including Lake Burley Griffin, Lake Tuggeranong, Lake Ginninderra and Yerrabi pond.
Each tree will be watered about once a month with up to 50 litres.
Over 50% of the 22,000 young trees are located in new areas of Canberra including Harrison, Franklin, Gungahlin, Bonner, Casey and Crace, with Harrison and Franklin alone having over 8,000 young trees combined.