Inspire : Public Works Mar Apr 2015
39 YOU ARE FACING SOME ROAD FUNDING CHALLENGES AT THE MOMENT, TELL ME MORE Our level of service for our roads is probably over the national average. The government is saying our level of ser vice is too high so we're dealing with that. [High levels of ser vice] are a good thing, but the government doesn't want to invest in that level. That's a bit of a shame when you've got a local community who has put its resource into [roads] and you've got the government saying they are not going to invest at that level any more. That's a very interesting challenge. NEW ZEALAND IS HOSTING IPWEA'S 2015 CONFERENCE -- WHAT CAN DELEGATES LEARN FROM THE COUNTRY? By international standards, and certainly by Australian standards, we do have a high level of asset management. We are a small country, but we started asset management earlier than other adopters, so it is to our beneﬁt now. WHAT KEY MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR KEYNOTE? Local authorities provide good value for money in terms of the provision of infrastructure, but I'm not sure we always measure what we do as effectively as we can. We need to understand the whole of life costs of assets and when it is appropriate to do things and when it's not appropriate. I think that balance between investment, public affordability and goals is an important dynamic that needs to be focused on more than it is now. It's all very well looking ahead 10 years, but what if we look ahead 30 years? The sooner we identify the challenges, the easier and less painful it will be to ﬁx them. ••• DOITONOUR ONLINE FORUMS: Visit goo.gl/zyr7Or to discuss this article. MORE TO ADD? Our level of service for our roads is probably over the national average.
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