The Schrinner Council’s ‘flying gangs’ have logged more than 19,000 maintenance jobs in the past year, undertaking vital maintenance work to keep Brisbane safe from hazards.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the most common jobs the 11 emergency maintenance crews, known as flying gangs, attended to were illegal dumping, sandbag stock preparation, graffiti removal and removing debris on roads.
“When a maintenance emergency is reported, our flying gangs work in pairs to get on the scene and make it as safe as possible, as soon as possible, to ensure Brisbane keeps on ticking day-to-day and during emergencies,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Our flying gangs fly under the radar by removing hazards or isolating dangerous areas with warning tape and detour signs before specialised crews can reach the scene.
“For them, no job is too big or small and they clean up and fix everything from dumped materials on paths or roads, minor trip hazards and damaged fences to broken glass or syringes, emergency mows and graffiti removal.
“They’re also a helping hand during emergency situations, preparing sandbag stocks during weather events and putting up flooding signs to warn drivers of dangerous wet driving conditions.”
Cr Schrinner said flying gangs help ease the pressure on other Council workers in the field, completing urgent work so staff can stay focused on their planned upgrades and routine maintenance.
“Flying gangs are part of the reason Brisbane is such a great place to live and help maintain the day-to-day liveability of our city, clocking up more than 1300 jobs monthly,” he said.
Jobs are logged via the Council contact centre and requests from the public. The flying gangs operate from 6:30am to 3:30pm every day out of five depots across Brisbane at Eagle Farm, Darra, Morningside, Toowong and Spring Hill.
Residents can help be eyes in the suburbs and log an urgent job for flying gangs by calling Council’s Contact Centre on 3403 88 88.
For more information about what’s happening in Brisbane, visit www.adrianschrinner.com.au/brisbane-news.