City of Kalamunda having fire sale of plant and equipment

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CITY of Kalamunda is having a fire sale, selling a range of plant and equipment, some never used and others no longer needed.

Up for sale is two dog trailers purchased in 2011 to carry out residential bulk verge collections, which is expected to net $90,000.

The trailers were purchased to minimise the time and cost associated with the collections, however the City decided it was more financially viable to continue the service with contractors.

The City now uses the skip bin system for bulk waste collection.

The City will also offload a Caterpillar grader purchased in 2010 for road construction.

The City said since its purchase the grader had only been used for 303 hours each year, well below the national industry average of 1000 hours per annum and considerably less than the number of hours required to be cost effective.

It is expected to fetch $130,000.

Other items to be auctioned to the public include a Caterpillar roller, heavy plant mower slasher and a Kubota tractor.

Based on valuations the sale is estimated to attract $235,000 for the City.

In a report to councillors, officers said the auction would reduce the City’s need for capital expenditure.

“By calculating the amount of time and money spent supporting or repairing equipment which breaks down frequently it has been determined that replacement can be more beneficial in the longer term, particularly when having the equipment off-line forces production to stop (downtime) or keeps employees from completing their jobs efficiently and in a timely manner,” the report said.

“No warranty will be offered on assets sold, they will be sold on an ‘as is’ basis.”

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