Safety, Savings and a Happier World – Here’s What I Hope Lies in Store for 2020

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Note: All views expressed in this podcast are Former Mayor Penny Taylors and do not represent the views of Subiaco Council itself.


Subiaco is a city suburb centred on the hustle and bustle of small boutiques and high end shopping, stylish cafe’s, wine bars and gastropubs. But beneath the hustle and bustle and liveliness of Subiaco is a huge amount of debilitations threatening the city’s liveliness. 

In this episode, I’m continuing my chat with the Former Mayor of Subiaco Penny Taylor. In part one, Penny revealed a massive amount of dysfunction in Subiaco Council. If you are yet to listen to part one, make sure you go back to listen that episode first. In part two, we will be diving deeper into the dysfunction. We talk about the impacts on Penny herself, and also on the community as a whole in Subiaco along with the potential solutions to change things for the better going forwards. 


In the ep you’ll find out about:

  1. Local Governments lack of code of conduct 
  2. The changes being made for Subiaco’s future
  3. The false dichotomy in Subiaco
  4. Why Subiaco Counsellors don’t take the blame for the current dysfunction

And more…


Discussion Points:

00:00 Introduction 

02:04 The false dichotomy in Subiaco

02:30 Business becoming marginal in Subiaco

06:43 The motion of no confidence meeting

13:41 Post football plan

19:15 Obstacles to getting things done

20:14 The impact of dysfunction to Subiaco itself 

15:53 The impact to Penny the Mayor

28:06 The impact to Penny the person

32:47 The obstacle and impacts on the people of Subi

34:57 Advice to the people of Subiaco/incoming Mayor 


About The Guest

Penny Taylor is the former Mayor to The City of Subiaco. Penny completed her studies as geologist at Sydney University before moving to the Pilbara to work in the mining industry. Throughout Penny’s career in mining she worked across project management and following mining she, together with her husband started a family business servicing the resources industry. Following this, Penny then moved to Perth to start a family. 

Penny’s move to government started when she worked as a counsellor at the town of Port Hedland and ran for the seat of Nedlands in the 2017 State Election. It was this experience in Port Hedland that promoted Penny to run for Mayor of Subiaco in 2017, a role which she held until 2021. 

Aside from Government, Penny is also involved in a number of organisations including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, UWA Little Athletics and Rosalie Primary School to name a few. 


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We’ve got self-driving cars. We’ve got fruit flying at our faces in virtual space. But can technology help with resources and construction in 2020?

It might be January, but I’m starting my Christmas list early. Here are the three tech advancements I really hope will take off this year.

1.    An increase in remote communication tools

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A few years ago, I managed a team of 18 Quantity Surveyors across multiple sites in Iraq. I needed cost info to do my job – and I got it from speaking to the various discipline experts. 

Getting a hold of these people was simple.

Well… as simple as a couple of international plane flights, a ride in an armoured vehicle and a stay at a luxury camp, equipped with all the facilities you could possibly dream of.

I’m going to shoot myself in the foot here, because it was obviously an enjoyable experience – but I don’t think it was necessary.

Imagine how much money would’ve been saved if I could’ve just chatted to them via Skype or Zoom?

This one’s close to my heart, because my own business is run entirely remotely – but the benefits are inescapable. Fewer overheads means you can spend more on your discipline experts, who’ll in turn deliver a much better job for the client.

With the construction and resources sectors a bit behind the times, I’d love to see more companies adopt remote communication tools this year.

2.    More AI (and not the Haley Joel Osment kind)

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We could all arguably do with more love in our lives, but this sentiment is not about hoping that cuddly humanoid robots will join us on every 2020 construction site (sorry).

I’m talking about AI as a concept: machines being able to do things that would normally require human-level cognitive ability. And the tech is on the up.

I’m expecting to see uptake of this technology as a cost-saving measure in areas where data and scalability are critical. What I’m hoping I’ll see is its use in WHS contexts.

We all strive for an LTI-free project – we don’t want employees or our bottom line to be hurt. Which is why it’s great that change is already afoot.

Last year, a company developed an algorithm specifically engineered to identify potential hazards in a new construction site before any damage was done.

I can’t help but feel that partners, parents and families of construction workers might sleep more soundly with a bit of an added safety net.

3.    More 3D printing, more of the time!

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Q: When a non-profit organisation and a forward-thinking construction company work together, what do you get?

A: A 3D-printed house. In under 24 hours.

Dedicated to solving the global housing crisis, ICON and New Story last year unveiled a prototype 3D printed home, designed with the developing world in mind. The house took less than 24 hours to print – meaning that entire communities could be housed in just days.

This is just one example of what 3D printing can do for the industry – and the world in general. But there are plenty of other applications already in use right now.

For example, in 2014, a Chinese construction company managed to create 10 low-cost houses in a day by ‘printing’ a mixture of cement and recycled construction materials. I’m really hoping we’ll see this emphasis on low-waste construction turned up a notch or two in 2020.

The good news is, 3D printing can help. The tech can allow the creation of exact components with a high degree of accuracy, even if they’re difficultly proportioned. Not having to create these from other materials is obviously a great way of minimising waste.

Plus – and this is important – it’s just. So. Cool.

What do you think? Will my wishes be granted? Let me know!

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