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Asset Management Plan - Leisure and Recreation

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Asset Management Plan - Leisure and Recreation

Leisure and Recreation Asset Management Plan.What is this plan about?

This AMP covers the infrastructure assets that serve the Bega Valley Shire Council’s leisure and recreation needs.  These assets include sporting facilities, playgrounds and skate parks, parkland areas, natural areas, aquatic facilities and maritime facilities across the Shire.

These assets provide an opportunity for the community to enjoy the health, social, psychological and environmental benefits that become available with well managed and well maintained recreational facilities.

What is an Asset Management Plan?

Asset management planning is a comprehensive process to ensure delivery of services from infrastructure is provided in a financially sustainable manner.

This AMP details information about infrastructure assets including actions required to provide an agreed level of service in the most cost effective manner. The plan defines the services to be provided, how the services are provided and what funds are required to provide the services.

The Leisure and Recreation AMP presents a snapshot of the current asset portfolio.  The AMP will continue to evolve with increased knowledge, the condition of assets and the needs of the community.

Why is there a funding shortfall?

Some of the Council’s leisure and recreation network was constructed by others (such as developers), or transferred from the Crown, or from government grants and where often provided and accepted by Council without due consideration of ongoing operations, maintenance and replacement needs.

Many of these assets are approaching the later stages of their useful lives and they either require upgrade, replacement or decommissioning from the asset base.

Many parks and recreation asset types have typical useful lives of 10, 15 and 20 years.  This can lead to spikes in renewal funding within the 10 year timeframe, particularly if there is also a longer life asset falling due for renewal in the same year.

The present funding levels present some challenges to continue to provide existing facilities and services at current levels in the medium term.

What options do we have?

Resolving the funding shortfall involves several steps:

  • Improving asset knowledge so that data is accurately recorded in the asset inventory, how assets are performing and when assets are not able to provide the required service levels,
  • Improving efficiency in operating, maintaining, renewing and replacing existing assets to optimise life cycle costs, (i.e. grouping works and services where practical to provide higher volumes and also improved consistency in delivery)
  • Identifying and managing risks associated with providing services from infrastructure,
  • Making trade-offs between service levels and costs to ensure that the community receives the best return from infrastructure,
  • Identifying assets that are surplus to the needs of the community.  These assets can then be earmarked for disposal to make savings in future operations and maintenance costs,
  • Consulting with the community to ensure that parks and recreation services and costs meet community needs and are affordable,
  • Developing partnerships with other bodies, where available, to provide services,
  • Seeking additional funding from governments and other bodies to better reflect a ‘whole of government’ funding approach to infrastructure services.

What happens if Council doesn’t manage the shortfall?

If Council is unable to manage a shortfall in funding it is likely that we will have to reduce service levels in some areas, unless new sources of revenue are found.  For leisure and recreation assets, the service level reductions may include delaying asset renewals to beyond an acceptable level, reduced service frequencies for operational activities, and reduced inspection and maintenance frequencies. 

Council may also choose to rationalise its assets where there is an over-provision of assets.  This decision will not be undertaken without prior consultation with the community.

These all contribute to increased exposure to the key risks identified earlier in this AMP.

Figure 1.1 shows an example of a common defect of barrier fencing that can be better managed with formalised inspections and work programs.

There is approximately 24kms of barrier fencing listed in Council’s leisure and recreation asset register.  This illustrates the extent of maintenance required to keep this particular asset in a “fit for purpose” state.

What can Council do?

Council can develop options, costings and priorities for future leisure and recreation services.  We can consult with the community to plan future services to match the community service needs with ability to pay for services and maximise community benefits against those costs. This is dependent on developing realistic strategic planning documents to guide future provision of facilities and services.

What can you do?

Council will be pleased to consider your thoughts on the issues raised in this AMP and suggestions on how an appropriate level of service can be provided to the community within available funding.

As we work through the planning projects discussed in this document there will be well promoted opportunity for the community to be involved in consultation and to provide input to the development of the strategic plans.

 

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