Archive for April 21st, 2011

David Sutcliffe Reports as follows:

Tired of service authorities not meeting road management plan requirements?

David Sutcliffe is on the Road Management Act Review – Infrastructure Reference Panel. The panel has been formed to look at ways of improving the operation of the Road Management Act implementation with regard to Council’s/service authority issues. Take a look at the issues under discussion here.  It woud be appreciated if you could fill out this Survey Form and return to David Sutcliffe.

At our first meeting last week it is fair to say that the service authorities did not accept there were any operational issues on their side and Council’s have been asked to substantiate the claims that service authorities are not notifying prior to works and works are complete, repairing road penetrations and repair made are substandard.  There is a requirement in the regulations to repair like with like. eg brick paving replaced with brick paving.

I am looking for examples in the next week of each type of service authorities, Water (sewerage), Gas, Telstra, Power utilities, where you have had problems.  Examples of:

  • heritage or trees due to inappropriate excavation
  • brick paved retail areas where repair has been an asphalt or concrete patch.
  • Roads and footpathsbeing left unpatched or inappropriate patches
  • Road closures or OH&S issues.

Also interested in:

  • Where authorities are not obtaining consent or providing notification?
  • Those not providing post notifications?
  • Also who in the council is recording the information and who is managing the process in council?
  • Are reinstatements being undertaken and if so is it like for like.

I would also be interested in how many of you are using “Dial before You Dig” to give you intelligence about who is digging up your assets.  I understand also some councils are trying to charge Asset Protection Fees to service authorities.

Can you have your asset protection officers’s assist with filling in the form and contributing examples (with photos) identifying location and when it occurrred?

Happy if you can email direct to me at

 David Sutcliffe, Central Goldfields Shire

Clearwater in partnership with IPWEAvic and Melbourne Water is holding an event on 3rd June on Starting an Asset Register for WSUD as part of the Clearwater Hot Topic Series.

  • Is your council keen to gain a better understanding of its Water Sensitive Urban Design assets?
  • Are you interested in hearing about steps, tools and guidelines available to help record information necessary for effective WSUD management?  
  • Do you want to hear how local councils have used an asset register to manage Water Sensitive Urban Design across departments?

This Clearwater Hot Topics is a terrific opportunity to hear about the importance of developing a WSUD asset register in council. 
As an attendee you will; 

  • Realise the value of starting an asset register that incorporates Water Sensitive Urban Design along with drainage infrastructre.
  •  View examples of WSUD asset registers developed by local councils and see how they are using this information across council departments to support maintenance and future planning.
  • Hear about tools, guidelines and standards available to ensure the capture, management and use of appropriate data.
  • Presentations throughout the day will be supported with facilitated discussion and networking activities followed by a sit down lunch.  Book soon as places are limited. 

Date: Friday 3rd June 2011
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm 
Cost: $110: Government / Not for Profit    $140: Commercial
Location: Fenix Restaurant, 680 Victoria Street, Richmond
RSVP: Friday 27 th  May
Audience: Asset managers, open space managers, technology/ communications staff, engineers, environment and maintenance staff
Register your place now by visiting our website or contact 03 9235 5335.

The Federal Government is planning to establish the Office of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator(NHVR) to be fully operational by January 1, 2013 and responsible for regulating all vehicles in Australia over 4.5 tonnes.  One of the roles of the NHVR will be to issue permits for access including local roads for non standard vehicles. The draft legislation dealing with this part of the role of the NHVR is available for downloading and is 625 pages long.

Integral to establishing an independent National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is the release of the Draft Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) and the draft Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Interested stakeholders are encouraged to make a submission on the proposed law by 6 May 2011, either online or by mail to the National Transport Commission.

View WHK Market Update for 20 April 2011 here. For more information visit WHK website here.

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