New plan to manage $1.1b infrastructure assets
Published on 23 July 2021
A group of Hobsons Bay residents will gain insight into how Council manages $1.1 billion of infrastructure assets as part of the Asset Plan Focus Group.
The Asset Plan Focus Group, representing a cross-section of the community, will help shape Council’s first Asset Plan and help safeguard our assets into the future.
In 2019 and 2020, Council endorsed Asset Management Plans for roads, bridges, drainage, buildings and open space. The Asset Plan is a requirement of the Local Government Act 2020 and will build on the Asset Management Plans, incorporating all of Council’s assets in one overarching document.
Council’s $1.1 billion of infrastructure assets includes:
- 433kms of road
- 720kms of footpaths and shared trails
- 61 bridges (including 41 footbridges, 14 road bridges, five boardwalks and one jetty)
- 222 buildings (including sports pavilions, libraries, kindergartens, community centres, public toilets)
- 541,119m stormwater pipes
- 20,893 drainage pits
- 95 playgrounds and more.
The Asset Plan Focus Group will attend three workshops in August and September (dates to be confirmed).
Feedback from the focus group will be used to:
- inform the intervention levels that triggers Council undertaking works to renew an asset
- assist in the development of an action plan that will inform the 10-year maintenance and capital renewal of the assets
- help shape the overarching Asset Plan
To register by Friday 6 August, and for more information, visit participate.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/asset
Following endorsement by Council, the draft Asset Plan will be available for community feedback in March/April 2022.
Quotes attributable to Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Jonathon Marsden:
“Over recent years, Council has significantly increased our Capital Works Program and infrastructure spend. We’re inviting residents to have a say on how we manage these assets which contribute to Hobsons Bay being a great place to live, work and study.
“This is a proactive approach which encompasses financial, engineering and technical considerations, to increase the longevity of our assets, including our roads, drainage, playgrounds, parks, footpaths, public buildings and bridges.
“The Asset Plan will build on the great work Council has already undertaken in managing, maintaining, and renewing our infrastructure and will become a road map for providing valuable assets to the community in the future.
“This is another example of Council’s commitment to engage with the community to help shape these important documents and ensure we meet the needs and expectations of the community.”
 Figures from the 2020 State of Asset report (30 June 2020)