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Asset Management Plan - Merimbula Airport

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Asset Management Plan - Merimbula Airport

Merimbula Airport Asset Management Plan.What is this plan about?

This asset management plan covers the infrastructure assets that serve the Bega Valley Shire community’s Air Service needs.  These assets include the Merimbula Airport that enable people, products and services to gain access to the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla Shire, the Sydney and Melbourne Metropolitan areas and beyond in a short space of time .

What is an Asset Management Plan?

Asset management planning is a comprehensive process to ensure delivery of services from infrastructure is provided in a financially sustainable manner.

An asset management plan details information about infrastructure assets including actions required to provide an agreed level of service in the most cost effective manner.   The plan defines the services to be provided, how the services are provided and what funds are required to provide the services.

Why is there a funding shortfall?

The Merimbula Airport was constructed in the 1950s using a government grant, and accepted without consideration of ongoing operations, maintenance and replacement needs or the subject of cost shifting measures from higher levels of government.

Many of these assets are approaching the later years of their life and require replacement, services from the assets are decreasing and maintenance costs are increasing. 

Our present funding levels are insufficient to continue to provide existing services at current levels in the medium term.

What options do we have?

Resolving the funding shortfall involves several steps:

  1. Improving asset knowledge so that data accurately records the asset inventory, how assets are performing and when assets are not able to provide the required service levels,
  2. Improving our efficiency in operating, maintaining, renewing and replacing existing assets to optimise life cycle costs,
  3. Identifying and managing risks associated with providing services from infrastructure,
  4. Making trade-offs between service levels and costs to ensure that the community receives the best return from infrastructure,
  5. Identifying assets surplus to needs for disposal to make saving in future operations and maintenance costs,
  6. Consulting with the community to ensure that air services and costs meet community needs and are affordable,
  7. Developing partnership with other bodies, where available to provide services,
  8. Seeking additional funding from governments and other bodies to better reflect a ‘whole of government’ funding approach to infrastructure services.

What happens if we don’t manage the shortfall?

It is likely that we will have to reduce service levels in some areas, unless new sources of revenue are found. For air services, the service level reduction may include:

  • Deferring renewals thereby increasing maintenance and compliance costs
  • A decreased level of service to airport users
  • limiting upgrades until sufficient funds or demand trigger points are reached

What can we do?

We can develop options, costs and priorities for future air services, consult with the community to plan future services to match the community service needs with ability to pay for services and maximise community benefits against costs.

What can you do?

We will be pleased to consider your thoughts on the issues raised in this asset management plan and suggestions on how we may change or reduce its mix of air services to ensure that the appropriate level of service can be provided to the community within available funding.


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