25
Oct 18

Infrastructure: Biggest risk according to the Aon 2018 report

Author:Ash Natesh

  Aon’s 2018 Local Government Risk Report for Australian Local Government has indicated the biggest areas of risk for the year were infrastructure and financial sustainability, however, many councils are failing to adequately prepare for these. The analysis found the leading risks for councils in 2018 were: Mr Paul Crapper,  Aon’s head of local government, said … Continue reading Infrastructure: Biggest risk according to the Aon 2018 report

13
Aug 18

Timber Bridge Maintenance – Part of the Solution Not The Problem!

There is a widespread perception that timber bridges have a shorter service life than thoseconstructed of other material. However, with a thorough understanding of the properties of timber and the proper techniques in the design, inspection and maintenance; timber bridges are capable of hundreds years of service at an effective cost. This is proven by … Continue reading Timber Bridge Maintenance – Part of the Solution Not The Problem!

27
Jun 17

Developing an award winning asset management plan for your bridges

Timber bridges are the time bombs in your road network. Do you know when they are likely to go off? If you don’t then you need an effective Asset Management Plan. Scenic Rim Regional Council did not have such a plan, and when one of its timber bridges failed it was a timely wake up … Continue reading Developing an award winning asset management plan for your bridges

11
Oct 16

Evolving data into local government service planning

Author:Peter Way

Successful asset management of infrastructure is highly dependent on data, be it technical or financial data. Most organisations struggle to gather that data and adequately translate the data into useful information on which to make informed decisions. Similarly, most organisations struggle when it comes to articulating the condition of their assets and the levels of … Continue reading Evolving data into local government service planning

04
Jul 16

Local government financial sustainability – more to do?

It’s been a decade since formal inquiries were conducted assessing the financial sustainability of local government sectors in all Australian states. Since then much has changed. There have been legislative reforms, guidelines and training aimed at improving financial performance. Councils rightly now focus much more on the longer-term than they once did. Local governments have … Continue reading Local government financial sustainability – more to do?

07
Apr 16

Improving Asset Management Practices

Do you often hear esoteric words thrown around about financial sustainability, asset backlog, SRV, special schedule 7, asset re-evaluation, depreciation methodology and arguments like “it was the engineers”, “it was the accountants” and “we don’t have a system that does this”? This alien language was thrust upon me when I arrived at Rockdale City Council … Continue reading Improving Asset Management Practices

16
Feb 15

Does your Council have a Successful Asset Management Strategy?

Building, maintaining and planning vital infrastructure is core to the success and sustainability of every local council within Australia. It is essential that councils develop effective service strategies that are well aligned to the expectations of their communities. The following 6 key elements have been identified by the Department of Local Government and Communities Western … Continue reading Does your Council have a Successful Asset Management Strategy?

28
Jan 15

NSW 2021 Initiative Prioritising Community Opinion

Has the government ever asked your opinion or engaged your community in decision making? Across all levels of government (traditionally) there has been a lack of engagement with the public and communities in decision making . . . . whether that be in policy making, or with regards to services and projects in your local area. NSW sees … Continue reading NSW 2021 Initiative Prioritising Community Opinion