Insight into council management
Murray River Council has placed its draft Asset Management Policy and Strategy on public exhibition, and it will soon be available for public comment.
The draft strategy identifies assets that are critical to council’s operations and includes benchmarks and milestones aimed at improving council’s asset management processes and procedures.
It includes specific actions required to improve the council’s asset management capability and projected resource requirements and timeframes.
‘‘People who are interested in why we repair potholes instead of rebuilding entire roads and how we decide on the priorities may be interested in this document,” Mayor Chris Bilkey said.
‘‘The draft strategy shows how council’s asset portfolio will meet the affordable service delivery needs of the community into the future and ensure the integration of council’s asset management with our long term strategic plans.’’
The Draft Asset Management Strategy provides a summary of the categories, quantity and value of council’s current assets, the condition of the assets and their governance arrangements.
The total replacement costs of all council’s assets stands at $658 million (as at June 30, 2017).
Roads and ancillary infrastructure, such as bridges and footpaths, accounts for almost 60 per cent of the total value of council owned assets.
‘‘This draft document guides the process of evaluating the current condition of assets and infrastructure and the costs associated with maintaining them into the future,’’ Cr Bilkey said.
‘‘Good management of our assets is essential so that we can provide safe, reliable and properly prioritised services to meet the needs of our community now and longer term.’’
Murray River Council’s Draft Asset Management Policy and Strategy will be available for viewing on council’s website, murrayriver.nsw.gov.au.