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Asset Management Plan - Sewer Services

Bega Valley Shire Council's Sewer Services Asset Management Plan.What is this plan about?

This AM Plan covers the infrastructure assets that serve the Bega Valley Shire Council community’s sewerage services needs. These assets include mains, pumping stations, treatment facilities and treated effluent reuse systems throughout the community area that enable people to be provided with a reliable sewerage system maintaining and protecting the local pristine environment at an affordable price.

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.

An asset management plan 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.

Why is there a funding shortfall?

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

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.

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,
  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. Identifying assets surplus to needs for disposal to make saving in future operations and maintenance costs,
  6. Consulting with the community to ensure that sewerage services and costs meet community needs and are affordable,
  7. Developing partnership with other bodies, where available to provide services,
  8. Seeking additional funding from governments and other bodies to better reflect a ‘whole of government’ funding approach to infrastructure services.

What happens if Council don’t manage the shortfall?

It is likely that we will have to reduce service levels in some areas, unless new sources of revenue are found. For sewerage systems, the service level reduction may include deferral or adoption of a lower standard in effluent disposal for the Merimbula STP.

What can Council do?

We can develop options, costs and priorities for future sewerage 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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