New machine sets the path ahead

Friday, 5th October, 2012

A Rotamixer was recently used to fix streets in Menindee. A Rotamixer was recently used to fix streets in Menindee.

The Central Darling Shire Council was one of the first councils in NSW to try out an innovative new road repair machine that enabled them to fix damaged streets in Menindee in record time.

The reconstruction and stabilisation project was completed last month. It took just four days to patch and reconstruct three square kilometres of road.

Council used the new Rotamixer machine developed by a Gosford company, Sharpe Bros.

The Rotamixer is an all in one unit that incorporates new ways of mixing lime, cement and other materials to stabilise and repair road pavements.

Reece Wilson, the Manager of Technical and Engineering Services at Central Darling Shire Council, said Council staff worked closely with Sharpe Bros. to get the job done.

"They repaired more square metres per day than was originally anticipated and the overall result was excellent. The Menindee community is very happy - they now have a new street," Mr Wilson said.

Joint Managing Director of Sharpe Bros., Michael Sharpe, said the family company had spent millions of dollars to develop technologies to repair
and widen roads.

The Rotamixer was developed and built in their workshop in Gosford.

Mr Sharpe said the company had identified a need for an environmentally friendly machine that can re-use road base materials so as to reduce costs and cuts energy use and air pollution.