COUNCIL PURSUES ASSETS PLAN
Public comments are urged on Naracoorte Lucindale Council's latest 'holistic' plan which seeks to recoup major funds while addressing more than 1600km of roads and stormwater assets.
The initiative, which now forms the Road and Stormwater Infrastructure Management Plan, is the result of several years of work under the Road Hierarchy and Levels of Guideline, adopted by the council in 2019.
Council CEO Trevor Smart said the initiative will assist with their decision making on maintenance and renewal of assets and financial implications for the council and its ratepayers.
"By taking a measured and objective approach to our road assets ... this provided a significant reduction in depreciation costs of about $1 million in 2018-2019," Mr Smart explained.
It is anticipated the economic savings will be put back into other programs as decided by the council.
Ultimately, the plan responds to 1679km of roads and stormwater assets.
The replacement value of road and stormwater assets as of June 30, 2019, is $202.1 million.
Mr Smart highlighted that the latest move involves, road hierarchy and service levels, and road dimension standards.
"The plan also provides a 10-year outlook on the expected costs of renewal of our roads," he said.
In developing the management concept, some of council's roads were re-classified to reflect existing uses and type of road.
Mr Smart said this meant about 55 roads were re-classified to a lower classification - mostly from access to limited access track with four roads re-classified to a higher category and three roads were added.
"This classification relates more to the useful lives of the roads, and when we should be renewing each road, rather than maintenance programs," he said.
To date, council has about 600km of unmade road reserves which are not included within the plan, with varying degrees of use by landowners and the general public.
To view the plan, visit www.naracoortelucindale.sa.gov.au where comments are welcomed.