THE City of Whittlesea is inviting residents to provide feedback on a draft plan outlining how it will prioritise, maintain and manage assets over the next 10 years.

Council currently manages more than $3.2 billion worth of infrastructure assets across the municipality, including roads, footpaths and playgrounds.

Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said it was important to ensure assets were strategically managed to meet the community’s current and future needs and enable the delivery of actions in the community plan.

“Every single member of our community uses council assets every day, many without even realising it,” she said.

“The draft asset plan outlines how we will monitor and maintain our huge portfolio of assets in the most cost-effective way to ensure that work is planned in our annual budget to repair, renew, upgrade or build assets so that we can continue to deliver important services and spaces for our growing community.”

Council manages about 475,000 assets including: 1275km of sealed road and 85.4km of unsealed road; 1824km of footpath trails; 1812ha of open space including 259 playgrounds, 74 sporting ovals and more than 100,000 trees; 197 buildings, 1897km of drainage pipes; 43 bridges; and 13,257 light poles.

Ms Wilson encouraged residents to view the draft plan and provide feedback.

“Our assets enable us to provide valuable services to our community and make a real difference in the lives of our residents,” she said.

“Your input will build upon the feedback we have already received about the actions in our Community Plan and help to ensure our assets are well-managed and maintained now and into the future for the benefit of all.”

The consultation closes on May 30. To provide feedback on the draft asset plan, visit engage.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/assetplan.

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