Media Release

20 Apr 2017 11:22 AM - Wentworth leads the way with Asset Management

WENTWORTH Shire Council has been recognised as a leader in asset management at the New South Wales Local Government Excellence Awards. 

Council received a “highly commended” award for its submission, with its entry illustrating how small rural councils can manage assets such as roads, bridges and footpaths in an affordable way.

“These awards are among the most prestigious in New South Wales, so it is a great honour to see our Council recognised for innovative work,” Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Melisa Hederics said.

“We competed against a number of Sydney-based councils, but our submission was unique in that it provided a model for managing assets, such as roads and bridges, in a way that could be applied in any small rural council across Australia.”

Council’s asset management system has been continuously improved since it was first established in 2013. By linking a database of information to mapping information and financial information, the system provides Council with a methodical approach to tracking the condition of roads, bridges, footpaths, kerbs, shared paths and helps to prioritise investment for renewal, maintenance and upgrades.

The asset management system is routinely updated as work on roads, bridges, footpaths etc, are undertaken across the municipality. It records the condition of each asset and provides up to date information on transport assets.

“Essentially, this system provides Council with a cost-effective way to keep information about our assets in one place,” Ms Hederics said.

“This system is a best-practice approach to helping us address backlogs, keep track of work that has been done and monitor the condition of our assets.”

Peter Kozlowski