Buildings Maintenance Plan
The 2011 Buildings Maintenance Plan is a detailed 30 year strategic plan and budget estimate document that builds upon the information and contemporary practices in asset management going forward on an annual basis. It is one of a suite of plans that assist Council in managing its core infrastructure.
Mid-Western Regional Council is the custodian of 248 buildings valued at approximately $53 million as determined during the fair value review undertaken in July/August 2008. These assets represent a significant investment by Council and their ongoing maintenance and development is a major priority. This BSP details how Mid-Western Regional Council should approach the management of the buildings and facilities that are under its care and management to ensure existing assets and potential future assets are managed effectively across their life cycle.
The Buildings Maintenance Plan documents the future works required to all of Councils community and corporate buildings of Council’s building portfolio. As an asset category, buildings can be difficult and complex to manage. They are used to accommodate services for the community and provide accommodation for organisations involved in community based activities. Consequently they attract a range of stakeholder's including:
- Council Staff
- Community Groups
- Residents & Visitors to the region
Currently Council has a portfolio of 248 buildings with a footprint of 33,000sqm Gross Floor Area (GFA) that range from public toilets, showgrounds and the Civic Administration building. The number of buildings in each portfolio category is listed below:
|Community & Cultural Buildings||15|
|Leisure & Sports Facilities||48|
|Child Care Facilities||4|
|Depots & Operational Buildings||29|
The Buildings Maintenance Plan is seeking to identify the changes that will be required Council buildings, so Council controlled buildings continue to provide the community and public with the buildings necessary for the continuation of activities that are considered to be important to the local community.
As the controller of buildings used by employees, community groups, local residents and visitors, Council must ensure that buildings are safe, healthy, and accessible. Council also has a responsibility to provide a role model for the local community, showing best practice for redefining uses for existing buildings; for retention of heritage features; reduction of carbon emissions; reducing water and power usage; and providing spaces for groups unable to pay commercial rates for housing and activities. This places pressure on the Council budgets for maintenance and capital renewal for Council buildings.