A new plan detailing the management of City of Whittlesea assets over the next 10 years was endorsed last month following extended public consultation throughout May.

The asset plan and associated plans for parks, transport, buildings, and facilities outline how council will prioritise, maintain and manage assets including roads, footpaths and playgrounds. Council endorsed the plan at a meeting on June 27.

Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said it was encouraging to see the level of community interest in the plan, which received 35 submissions.

“Council is responsible for more than $3.2 billion worth of infrastructure assets across the municipality, and it is a constant challenge to monitor, maintain and renew our huge portfolio in a cost-effective way,” she said.

“The asset plan is the blueprint for how we will achieve this and support the needs of our community both now and into the future.”

Council manages about 475,000 assets including about 1300 kilometres of road, 1824 kilometres of footpaths, 1812 hectares of open space and 197 buildings.

“The plan also identifies key areas that will be monitored to determine their impact on our assets, including demographic and technological changes, as well as climate change, with a focus on enhancing tree canopy cover and building new assets with climate change in mind,” Ms Wilson said.

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