Meet the Assets and Property Services team
Meet Brimbank’s Asset and Property Services team. This is the team that makes sure Council’s properties and infrastructure assets are kept up to date and well maintained for the community to use and enjoy.
The Asset and Property Services team is located in Council’s office on Hampshire Road, Sunshine.
The Asset and Property Services team provides a wide range of services to improve the operational performance of all of Council’s infrastructure assets across Brimbank.
These services include providing information, support and strategic advice to the community; coordinating Council’s annual Capital Works Program; and keeping up-to-date with spatial mapping, analysis and predictive modelling innovations.
What do they do?
Asset and Property Services make sure Council’s properties and infrastructure assets are kept current and well maintained to provide services to the community such as Brimbank’s network of neighbourhood houses, libraries, leisure centres, roads, stormwater, footpaths, parks and reserves.
The Asset Management team conserve and enhance Council-owned public art, historic building and places, they maintain and improve Council’s network of roads, walking and cycling path, drainage network, parks sports facilities, community facilities, plant equipment and other assets.
They have responsibility for:
- Registering new assets and updating existing assets into Council’s Asset Management System
- Setting up appropriate inspection regimes for each class of asset
- Conducting condition surveys on footpaths, open spaces, and roadside assets
- Managing contractors to carry out condition surveys on facilities and roads
- Development of Council’s 10-year capital works program
- Ensuring that Council’s Customer Service Request system, including Report It continues to operate easily and effectively
Other important areas of focus include:
Roads and footpaths
The team has responsibility for the inspection of the road and footpath networks across the City of Brimbank and is committed to keeping them in good condition.
At the most recent Ordinary Council Meeting on 25 June, the new 2019 Road Management Plan was adopted by Council which describes management arrangements for all of the roads and classes of roads that Council maintains.
It sets out inspection intervals and response times which we must adhere to in order to comply with our responsibilities under the Road Management Act 2004.
Under the new Plan, Council will now take responsibility for the footpath section of driveways, which was previously the responsibility of the property owner. The good news for residents is that Council will now fund repairs over the footpath section of the driveway.
Additionally, tolerance levels for trip hazards have been reduced from 50mm to just 25mm, which will make a real difference.
Fun Fact: During the 2018-2019 financial year, more than 900 kilometres of Council-owned roads (including 8 kilometres of unsealed roads) were inspected and assessed to help plan future road maintenance and improvements. Approximately 145,000 square metres of road pavements were resurfaced and around 84,500 square metres of road pavement were rehabilitated. Just over 1,600 kilometres of footpaths were inspected and maintained by Council during that period.
Meeting service demand
The Asset and Property Services team regularly review Council’s extensive portfolio of assets to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the community.
An internal working group regularly reports to Council seeking approvals to purchase new assets and, where it is identified as being surplus to Council’s needs, proposed for sale. Proceeds from asset sales are reinvested back into renewing and maintaining critical community infrastructure assets.
The team is active in the commercial leasing space, both leasing out Council land and leasing land from private owners.Examples of Council leasing out Council land (and/or buildings) to other parties includes:
- Telco facilities (to improve mobile phone coverage and reception)
- Premises to accommodate community services, such as Neighbourhood Houses, Visy Cares Hub, Sports Pavilions and Scout Clubs
Council receives rental from these leases.
Examples of Council leasing land (and/or) buildings from private parties includes:
- Premises from which Meals on Wheels are prepared and distributed
- Shops to accommodate ‘arts’ spaces
- Premises from which community services are provided
- Areas of land which are utilised and developed for landscape and beautification purposes or for car parking
Council is required to make payment to other parties for these leases.
Laneways at rear of dwellings
You may have noticed that laneways are still found at the rear of some dwellings in some older parts of the municipality, like Sunshine, Albion, Deer Park and St Albans.
Typically the lanes were set out on a plan registered at the Land Titles Office Victoria at the time of subdivision and prior to the advent of the sewer system as we know it today. But back then, lanes were created to enable the night cart to collect the bins associated with night soil.
With extensive development of the sewer system throughout the municipality, of course some lanes are no longer required for this purpose. But some adjoining residents still take advantage of the lane at the rear of properties for access and this is where Assets and Property Services sometimes play a role.
In limited circumstances, and subject to agreement from all adjoining owners, Council is able to ‘discontinue’ lanes under a statutory process and transfer the land to adjoining owners, subject to the payment of all costs and market value for the land being transferred.