Australia’s global city council manages 1667 kilometres of vital infrastructure that would stretch from the Sydney CBD beyond Adelaide if laid end to end.
While often overlooked or taken for granted, the City of Sydney maintains more than $7 billion worth of concrete, asphalt and machinery that is essential every day for its one million residents, workers and visitors.
The City spends about $127 million a year maintaining assets vital to everyday living in Sydney and a recent audit reveals this inventory is mostly in very good or excellent condition.
The city manages:
- 333 km of roads;
- 533 kilometres of footpaths;
- 619 kilometres of kerb and gutters;
- 182 kilometres of stormwater pipes;
- 37 bridges;
- 242 buildings;
- four jetties; and
- a fleet of 479 vehicles.
The latest NSW Government audit of local government infrastructure rated the City’s financial position and infrastructure management both as “strong”.
Keeping our street lights bright, potholes filled, and gutters and drains clear is a major challenge, but one that is strictly overseen by a first rate Asset Management Plan and System.
“Sydney is a global city and the City prides itself on keeping its extraordinary range of assets to a world class standard,” said Asset Strategy and Systems Manager Greg Livingstone.
“It’s all part of keeping Sydney’s running smoothly, easy to move around in, and an enjoyable place to live, visit and work in.”
Through a live database, City officers and rangers record the condition of over 400,000 items. They note issues with critical infrastructure like roads and buildings, and smaller, but no less important, matters such as broken park seats, potholes or damaged trees.
Repair teams access the database to find urgent issues while major assets in need of attention are generally scheduled for an upgrade.
The City’s 43,017 trees are some of the trickiest assets to keep tabs on, as their condition is constantly changing and affected by climate.
A tree asset-maintenance App is being utilised to help officers map and monitor the trees, ensuring they have the care they need.
The City has also allocated extra funds for projects such as upgrading City Centre footpaths to granite and using high-tech scrubbers to keep the new pavers clean.
Taking care of the City’s assets is part of the City’s overarching program Sustainable Sydney 2030, that aims for world class asset management and value for money in all City operations.
“These are the City’s vital organs, and keeping them in top shape can’t be left to chance,” said Greg Livingstone.