Regional Workshop

Regional Workshop

Framework for Integrating Roadside Environmental Assets into Council Asset Management Systems

Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Best Western Hunter Gateway
11 Denton Park Drive, Rutherford, NSW
9.30am – 4.00pm
Cost: FREE

Registrations close 5.00pm Tuesday 23rd April 2019

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Introduction 

An estimated 6% of the total area of New South Wales lies within roadsides. Of this area, approximately 2.5 million hectares are owned and/or managed by councils. The natural assets that make up these roadsides possess a number of environmental, community and heritage values. Councils are required to consider a multitude of complex factors when managing roadsides, such as, road safety, biodiversity values, cultural values, heritage values, firewood collection, bushfire management, aesthetic and recreational values, routine maintenance activities, legal requirements and development pressures. Conservation of these areas must aim to balance functionality and values. Councils generally value the built environment in their jurisdiction yet the adjoining roadsides can be undervalued or overlooked.

Integrating Roadside Environments into Council Asset Management Plans 

The Council Roadside Reserves (CRR) project, funded by NSW Environmental Trust and managed by Local Government NSW (LGNSW), aims to build the capacity of councils to embed the value of roadsides into their Integrated Planning and Reporting systems. Stage 1 of this State-wide initiative investigated current activities undertaken by councils in managing natural assets in the broader asset management context. A key recommendation from this work is to identify roadside asset types and develop asset management objectives for integration into the Strategic Asset Management Plans of Councils. The need for this is reinforced by the direct experiences of Councils across the Hunter and Central Coast region who have been delivering a range of roadside environmental management initiatives over many years, including the Regional Roadside Environment Marker Scheme. This regional workshop represents the first step in directly assisting Councils undertake this task.

Purpose of the Workshop 

The purpose of the workshop is to take a collaborative approach to determining:

  • The types of roadside environmental assets that are important to apply asset management principles to
  • The strategic asset management objectives for each of the asset types identified
  • The ideal data hierarchy for the identified asset types
  • Applicable roadside markers relevant to the identified asset types

AGENDA 

ITEM FOCUS
1 Welcome and Introductions
2 Background and context
3 Natural assets – what are they? How are they different?
4 Asset management objectives for each asset type
5 Data hierarchy for each asset type
6 Roadside marker categories
7 Confirmation and agreement of Asset Types, Asset Management Objectives and Data Hierarchy

Who Should Attend 

This workshop is directly relevant to council staff involved in:

  • Asset Management and Planning
  • Planning and supervision of roadside construction and maintenance works
  • Management of roadside reserves
  • Environmental / Natural Resource Management– ecologists, policy makers
  • Development and implementation of Environmental Management Systems
  • Part 5 Environmental Assessments related to road related works
  • Corporate Integrated Planning and Reporting

Background Information 

 

 

 

 

MORE INFORMATION:
Steve Wilson
A/ Director Environment Division
Hunter Joint Organisation
T 4978 4026 | M 0448 401 436
E stevew@huntercouncils.com.au

Kathy Godfrey
Project Officer – CRR
Local Government NSW
T 9242 4053
E Kathy.godfrey@lgnsw.org.au

 

The Project has been assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental trust and supported by LGNSW