Asset management policy and domestic wastewater management plan adopted

The Board’s Asset Management Policy and Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP) were both adopted at the August Board meeting, providing strategic direction to the Board to ensure that its services and assets respond to changing community needs and ever-changing environmental and financial conditions.

The Asset Management Policy, a strategic document outlining how the Board intends to approach asset management within the organization, was adopted after six weeks of public exposure to solicit community feedback.

The policy applies to all assets handled by the Council, including fixed physical assets such as roads, trails, recreation and building infrastructure; mobile/non-fixed physical assets, such as heavy equipment, fleet and furniture; as well as non-physical assets, such as software and licenses.

“Managing the various assets in our diverse county can be challenging, especially as the unpredictability of pandemic influences on market conditions impact costs,” Chief Executive Anne Howard said. this document is therefore of vital importance to allow us to continue to deliver the more than 100 services that we offer to our community.

“Along with the Asset Management Strategy, which was adopted at the Board meeting in May, the Asset Management Policy assists the Board in continually improving asset management practices,” Ms. Howard said. “It provides clear definitions of roles and responsibilities and ensures that we provide a sustainable portfolio of long-term assets to deliver services to the community.”

The DWMP, a Council plan acting as a framework for how the Council and the community manages its on-site domestic wastewater management systems, including septic systems, treatment plants, worm farm systems and sand filter systems, was opened for public display from April 29 to June 24, 2022.

No objections to the review or submission of changes to the DWMP were received during the public exposure period and it will be reviewed again in 2026 as required by US State Environmental Protection Policy. Victoria Waters (SEPP), which is currently under review.

“A review of the DWMP is important in order to continue to protect both public health and the environment from the impacts of domestic sewage,” Ms Howard said. “Having a DWMP gives the Council confidence when assessing land capability reports as part of planning and development applications and aligns with our environmental and sustainability goals in the plan of the Council 2021-2025.”

The Council thanks all those who gave of their time to view the documents as part of the public exhibition process. Click here to view the adopted Asset Management Policy and DWMP.

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