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Asset Management Plan - Cemeteries

Asset Management Plan for Cemeteries.What is this plan about?

This AM Plan covers the infrastructure assets that serve the Bega Valley Shire Council cemetery needs.  The Plan does not take into consideration the value of the land the cemeteries are on as it is not a depreciable asset for the purposes of the plan. The Plan does not cover individual monuments/headstones as these are the responsibility of families of the deceased.

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.

Asset Management Plans detail 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.

Why is there a funding shortfall?

Most of the Council’s cemetery network was constructed by developers and from government grants, often provided and accepted without consideration of ongoing operations, maintenance and replacement needs.

The inclusion of headline projects in addition to renewal and upgrades which will be reviewed to separate these in the context of the AMP

Many of these assets are approaching the later years of their life and require replacement, services from the assets are decreasing and maintenance costs are increasing.

Our present funding levels are insufficient to continue to provide existing services at current levels in the medium term.

What options do we have?

Resolving the funding shortfall involves several steps:

  1. Improving asset knowledge so that data accurately records the asset inventory, how assets are performing and when assets are not able to provide the required service levels. To that extent we are ‘ground truthing’ information for our asset;
  2. Improving our efficiency in operating, maintaining, renewing and replacing existing assets to optimise life cycle costs;
  3. Identifying and managing risks associated with providing services from infrastructure;
  4. Making trade-offs between service levels and costs to ensure that the community receives the best return from infrastructure;
  5. Consulting with the community to ensure that services and costs meet community needs and are affordable;
  6. Developing partnerships with other bodies, where available to provide services; and

What happens if we don’t manage the shortfall?

Where a shortfall in funding occurs, there are a number of approaches for managing the ongoing asset portfolio.  This can be a combination of reduction in levels of service, as well as critically appraising which assets require works. Many features of the cemetery assets (lawn beams, niche walls, memorial gardens) will be maintenance focussed as they represent important community memorials and will not in the traditional sense be replaced after a period of time.

What can we do?

We can develop options, costs and priorities for future cemetery services, 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 costs.

 

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