Inspire : Public Works July Aug 2013
44 Public Works Professional July-August 2013 PRIVATE DRAINAGE INFRASTRUCTURE IN PARKS ROBERT BARBUTO STORMWATER & DEVELOPMENT MGR, WARRINGAH COUNCIL, ASKS: Who's responsible for maintaining private stormwater lines r unning through council reser ves to beneft private properties? We received legal advice that council has to maintain them. I need convincing. LEONARD STURB DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER, BUNDABERG REGIONAL COUNCIL, SAYS: To draw a parallel with sewerage, the portion of sanitary drainage between the boundary of the lot being ser viced and connection to the truck infrastructure is council's responsibility. But in order to avoid any excessive and long-term maintenance costs, council, as trustee for the reser ve, has a say in how work benefting a private entity is done – say under an easement and using RCP. But for your purposes, maybe you should try to work out a mutually acceptable solution with the owner. If that fails, perhaps research the history of the work and point to non-compliance, if any. Ultimately, try getting a law or policy passed by council to enforce certain behaviour. That may not help with existing situations but could prevent future occur rences. BROOK HILL MANAGER WATER, DISTRICT COUNCIL OF MOUNT BARKER, SAYS: Our legal advice is that private drainage becomes a potential liability only if we seek (or are granted by default) an easement over the channel or pipe. Sometimes we have done so reluctantly -- since bottlenecks are usually at identifable locations, like bridges or culverts. In the absence of an easement, there is no specifc legislation I know of to make LG responsible for private channels. However, landowners often ignore advice to clear natural drainage channels of trees and vegetation. We then sometimes seek support of the NRM boards, since they at least have some legislative say over 'water affecting activities'. ROYSTON LOWE PROJECT DIRECTOR/REGISTERED LAND SURVEYOR, LANDPARTNERS LTD, SAYS: Check the wording of the document creating the easement (i.e. the 88B or a transfer granting easement). Hopefully, the terms would state that maintenance costs are to be bor ne by properties gaining a beneft. If there is no easement, ask the owners if one can be created to legalise the situation. Otherwise, wait until there is DA and make it a condition of consent. KNOWLEDGE CENTRE ASK YOUR MATES THE HOT TOPICS OF DISCUSSION ON THE IPWEA ONLINE FORUMS. JOIN THE DISCUSSION NOW AT www.ipwea.org.au/askyourmates ALSO UP FOR DISCUSSION • Access to property from collector road • Third party asset damage • Crack seal repair of concrete footpaths • Local road roundabout design • Stormwater and sanitary analysis • Stockpile policy and procedures • Resilience in infrastructure • Cover on public utilities in roadways • Street name signs and property numbers # REPLACING A 50M SWIMMING POOL GERARD DUNN RISK & ASSET MANAGEMENT OFFICER, BOOROWA COUNCIL, ASKS: Has anyone replaced/developed a 50m swimming pool recently, and at what cost? Also, what about maintenance costs as the pool ages? SALLY JEAVONS DIRECTOR, @LEISURE PLANNERS, SAYS: There are so many variables, such as ground conditions, different materials and liner options, that it's diffcult to provide a standard cost. A good stab is $1--4 million for a 50m outdoor, but for remote areas expect to pay locational penalties. Generally, and depending on ground conditions, you'd expect to get 30 years from a tiled concrete pool before maintenance costs become excessive. Selecting a good site and ground conditions are your best investment.
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