Road and Footpath Program
Infrastructure Works Program 2012/2013
Council is responsible for maintaining 399kms of roads throughout the City. A further 63kms of arterial or 'main' roads are the responsibility of the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. The estimated current replacement cost of Council's roads is $165 million. A large majority of Council's Roads were established in the mid 1900s and as a result the seal and pavement components of the roads are requiring a significant level of rehabilitation to maintain an appropriate level of service for residents. This financial year Council has allocated $3.1 million for the rehabilitation of Council's road network.
The Federal Governments 'Roads to Recovery' program is contributing approximately $0.26 million toward the rehabilitation of Council's road network this financial year.
Kerb and Watertable
Kerb and watertable is the edge of a road which delineates the road surface from the nature strip and provides effective stormwater drainage control along the road. Council manages in excess of 790kms of kerb infrastructure at an estimated current replacement cost of $209 million. This financial year Council has allocated $1.7 million for the replacement of Council's kerb network.
The Federal Governments 'Roads to Recovery' program is contributing approximately $0.29 million toward the rehabilitation of Council's kerbing network this financial year.
Council is responsible for providing and maintaining an extensive footpath network in the City. The existing bitumen footpath network has a high rate of deterioration with an associated maintenance liability. The community also has a high expectation that the poor condition bitumen footpaths will be replaced and new footpaths constructed.
Council manages over 495kms of footpaths with a current replacement cost of $58 million. Approximately 60% of the total footpath network has now been paved.
The footpath construction program is derived and prioritised from information relating to the condition of existing footpaths; hierarchy of the road; traffic volume; and proximity to facilities such as schools, aged care and shopping precincts etc.
This financial year Council has allocated $1.8 million for the replacement of existing asphalt footpaths in poor condition. Council has also allocated $0.48 million for the installation of new footpaths to extend the existing footpath network.
Due to the close proximity of the City of Mitcham to the Central Business District and the high through movement of traffic, the management of traffic issues continues to have a high importance. Strategic initiatives and actions will be implemented to:
- Reduce the road network speeds.
- Improve safety around schools.
- Improve road safety in local areas.
- Conduct road safety audits to identify road safety issues at priority locations.
Localised community task groups have been established to examine local area road safety issues and develop actions to improve road safety in streets.
The traffic program continues the actions to improve road safety in local areas.
Council renews, maintains and upgrades old stormwater systems and develops new systems to handle the extra flows to reduce local and major flooding problems. Maintenance of the drainage system is also undertaken to minimise the flooding potential and the amount of pollutant entering the waterways and eventually into the Patawalonga.
Reserves Works Program
Parks, Gardens and Sporting Development
Council maintains over 220 open space areas throughout the City varying in size from small parks to large open space woodland reserves.
In 2012 2013 Council will continue to minimise the use of water in response to Government's water restrictions as well as Council's environmental goal to reduce water consumption generally for the sake of the River Murray and local reservoirs. Council is investigating using alternative water supplies rather than mains water.
Drought tolerant plants including native grasses and understorey plants will be used in garden beds, roundabouts and road side islands as well as recycling wood chips and mulch that are generated from our street tree maintenance program.
Council owns a large number of recreation and leisure facilities including ovals, soccer pitches, baseball grounds, skate facilities, tennis courts etc which are available for community use. The changing needs of the community are considered to ensure that appropriate facilities are provided, and that there is an equitable distribution of opportunities. Council is improving soil and turf management of Mitcham's recreational areas in order to reduce water use as well as provide a quality playing surface. The maintenance and upgrading of these facilities as well as the development of new facilities ensures quality recreational opportunities for community members and sustainable use by Council.
Street Tree Planting Works Program
Council is working to ensure Mitcham's leafy environment is preserved into the future. As all trees have a limited life expectancy, an ongoing tree planting program is essential. To ensure that planting continues, Council's strategic plan has set a minimum requirement of one thousand trees to be planted annually. Trees are planted in three annual programs:
1. The tree development program establishes and restores avenues of street trees.
2. The tree maintenance program replaces trees lost due to natural causes, accidents etc.
3. The reserve planting program establishes new plantings in reserves, parks, garden beds etc.
Council requires that these programs are managed in the most effective and efficient manner, with the flexibility to adopt best practices as they continually evolve. To ensure the tree development program targets the areas of greatest need a comprehensive geographic information systems based street tree audit is underway. Programs are planned to replace those trees identified as in poor condition or with short life expectancies. This approach not only maintains amenity but also assists risk management and hazard minimisation.
Council monitors arboriculture and nursery industry progress to benefit from any advances. Trees with improved growth characteristics have the potential to increase community and environmental benefit while reducing ongoing costs. As an Institutional Member of Treenet, Council supports small scale trial plantings of alternative trees in our suburbs. Council is actively searching for and trailing additional suitable native species to provide habitat and help reduce water consumption, the Wilga being one example.