Asset management on Wakefield Regional Council's agenda

Wakefield Regional Council mayor Rodney Reid.

Wakefield Regional Council mayor Rodney Reid.

Community groups using Wakefield Regional Council buildings will be asked for feedback to help Council shape a new plan for the future of its assets.

WRC mayor Rodney Reid said this was just the first stage of community engagement.

“...to help us better understand how often our buildings are being used by the community, how groups feel about the buildings and what kind of services they think Council should provide when it comes to these structures,” Mr Reid said. 

The Wakefield region is home to about 340 Council-owned buildings and structures, ranging from tool sheds and scoreboards, to historical halls and memorial sites. 

“With a market value of just over $8.3 million, many of the buildings are in fair or poor condition and we need to think carefully about the level of investment we make.

“For example, there may be a building that is seldom used but there is a cost to the community as we pay for maintenance, security and insurances. Or, there may be a building that is well used, greatly valued and is in need of a spruce up.”

“At the end of the day, all ratepayers contribute to expenditure on these buildings, so broader community consultation will occur later in the year once we have the plan in draft form.” 

Anyone wanting to find out more about Wakefield’s asset plans can visit wrc.sa.gov.au/managementplans