Cassowary Coast Regional Council

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Asset Management Asset Management

Cassowary Coast Regional Council manages assets with an approximate replacement value of AU $1 billion spanning all traditional local government types including roads, bridges, footpaths, water, sewerage, parks, community facilities, marine facilities, fleet, information technology and ancillaries.

Asset information:

  • Roads - 1232km of roads.
  • Bridges - 162 bridges and 127 major road culverts
  • Buildings - 398 buildings and structures
  • Pathways - 55km of off-road pathways
  • Marine - 347 marine assets
  • Stormwater - 85km of stormwater network
  • Water - 4 systems (1 treatment plant) with 756km of supply network
  • Sewerage - 3 systems (2 treatment plants) with 215km of collection network
  • Waste - 3 landfills and 7 transfer stations

Council adopted an Asset Management Policy in December 2009 and began implementating dedicated asset management plans and systems targeted at optimising asset services for the community.  All asset management plans were adopted during 2010/11, resulting in numerous improvement projects.

In July 2012, council approved the annual revision of all core Asset Management Plans into a single Asset Management Portfolio.

The Asset Management Portfolio includes the following major components:

  1. Asset Management Plans (all asset classes)
  2. Service Level Framework, including:
    1. Service Level Targets
    2. Intervention Level Targets
  3. Capital Project Assessment Framework
    1. Ranking and prioritising (forward works - year)
    2. Ranking and prioritising (Annual budget - scoring)
  4. Priority Infrastructure Plan, including:
    1. Transport Network Plan
    2. Water Network Model
    3. Sewerage Network Model
    4. Stormwater Model (Master Drainage Planning)
    5. Parks and Open Space Plans (Recreation Planning)
  5. Capital Forward Works Program (Minimum 10 years)
    1. Listing of all capital for renewal, upgrade and new assets
  6. 100 Year Asset Replacement Forecast (modelled projection)

Asset classes managed by Council are:

  1. Corporate Facilities
  2. Community Housing
  3. Parks and Open Spaces
  4. Playgrounds and Activity Centres
  5. Aerodromes
  6. Bridges
  7. Off roads pathways
  8. Roads
  9. Marine
  10. Stormwater
  11. Water Supply
  12. Sewerage
  13. Landfills
  14. Transfer Stations
  15. Fleet
  16. Information Technology

Council has approved 9 core asset management plans covering the above classes at the group level:

  1. Buildings & Facilities
  2. Bridges
  3. Pathways
  4. Roads
  5. Marine
  6. Stormwater
  7. Water Supply
  8. Sewerage
  9. Waste Management

Next Steps

The next priority for council is to prepare Asset Management Plans for Fleet and Information Technology, closely followed by the separation of the Buildings and Facilities plan into several detailed plans (inc: Aerodromes, playgrounds, parks, community housing, etc).

There are numerous improvement projects occurring across council to optimise services and costs to ensure the public infrastructure is maintained to a desirable level, whilst not negatively impacting long term sustainability.