In­sight into coun­cil man­age­ment

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

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.

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