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Asset Management Plan Airport

Airport
This Supporting Section should be read in conjunction with Councils Asset
Management Plan, the Asset Management Policy (which sets out Council's
philosophy of asset management) and Councils Asset Management Strategy
(which provides Council with a clear direction and goal for managing the
community's $1.185 billion (as at June 2010) worth of assets).

Current Asset Base

The following map provides details of the Wagga Wagga Airport.

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Size of the Airport
The following table provides details about the assets Council manages at the
Airport:
Buildings
Large air conditioning systems
Lights
Runway furnishings
Fences
Unsealed roads
Hotmix sealed surfaces
Aggregated sealed surfaces
Grass strip
Line markings

8
2
129
254
7,662m
6km
16hec
13hec
14hec
19,978m

Challenges of the Airport


The maintenance of the airside assets at the Airport is challenging as airport
maintenance crews have limited windows of operating times due to aircraft
movements. This makes significant routine inspections and auditing
challenging as well.
There are a high number of people who use the airport each year, in 2011 the
projected passenger throughput is expected to be 225,000. However, the total
numbers of people accessing the terminal is significantly higher than this,
contractors, people meeting and farewelling travellers, suppliers and other
visitors all add to the total visitations.
The high throughput puts pressure on assets such as the terminal building,
roads and car parks, and can make inspections and maintenance very
difficult. This high traffic volume leads to the need for increased inspections
and maintenance to ensure assets are kept at a satisfactory standard. For
example, a reseal in the car park could take many weeks to complete due to
the need to have all cars vacate the car park. Not only is this difficult as there
are insufficient all-weather overflow parking areas, but some vehicles are left
in the car park for long periods of time and it can be very difficult to contact
the owner.
Airport pavements are not subject to the high traffic that public roads are. Also
the point loads of aircraft are much higher than road going vehicles due to the
wheel loadings. This results in pavements having very different wear
characteristics to roads.

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Condition Assessment

Condition Ratings Reference Sheets


The condition of each asset type managed by Council at the airport is audited
against a rating scale which ranges from excellent to very poor. This scale is
used as the basis of all assessments of the airport assets managed by
Councils Surveillance Team. The Condition Rating Reference Sheets for the
following asset types are used to rate each type of asset managed by Council
at the airport:

Buildings
Carparks
Fences
Footpaths
Kerb and Gutter
Linemarking
Sealed Roads
Sewer and
Stormwater

Risk and Condition Rating Indicators


Council also uses Risk and Condition Rating Indicators to determine a
prioritised works schedule for the maintenance, renewal and replacement of
large asset categories. These indicators are used in addition to the Condition
Ratings Reference Sheet to enable further analysis of the worst sections of
the asset class.
Risk and Condition Rating Indicators have not been developed for the Airport
in this Asset Management Plan. However, as Council, moves towards
strategic asset management, indicators may be developed for large asset
classes at the Airport, for example the open space.

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Intervention Levels
To guide Councils response to customer requests a set of reactive triggers
has been developed for each asset category. These triggers are called
intervention levels and include expected response times. The intervention
levels and response times for maintenance for the following asset types are
used for each asset managed by Council at the Airport:

Buildings
Carparks
Fences
Footpaths
Kerb and Gutter
Linemarking
Sealed Roads
Sewer and
Stormwater

Inspection Regime
The condition and risk of assets at the Airport will be assessed simultaneously
as part of the Condition Inspection Regime. This inspection will audit the
condition of each asset type against the appropriate Condition Rating
Reference Sheet and also assess the risk based on location and usage. Each
asset managed by Council at the Airport will be inspected in accordance with
the inspection regime for the asset type as detailed in the relevant sections of
the Asset Management Plan.
The inspections will be in the form of a GPS audit routine for all assets
managed by Council at the Airport.
Ad hoc inspections will be conducted in response to customer requests, on a
needs basis and where the asset degrades due to un-foreseen or unusual
circumstances, like a storm event. These inspections are done onsite by
trained Surveillance Officers and the results are captured in Councils
electronic mapping system (ArcGIS).
Airport staff inspect the airport daily to ensure it is fit for purpose.

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Life Cycle Management

Life cycle management details how Council plans to manage and operate the
asset category at the agreed level of service while minimising life cycle costs
throughout the useful life of the asset.
For most local government assets there are four key phases to the life cycle,
namely: acquisition, operation and maintenance, renewal, and disposal.

Costs occur in each phase of the asset life cycle. It is important to attribute
these life cycle costs to each phase to allow for effective decision making
about how the asset will be managed.
The life cycle costs of assets include:

initial capital investment


operation and maintenance
refurbishment and renewal
administration, overheads and taxes
depreciation
capital use rate charges or rate of return and
disposal of the asset at the end of its useful life

The initial capital or investment cost of a new asset is a significant cost and
often dominates the decision as to whether to acquire the asset or expand the
infrastructure network. However, it is important to include all the costs
associated with each phase of the asset life cycle, including ongoing
operation and maintenance, future renewal and disposal.

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Target Maintenance Events
The Airport, is a commercial entity and operates on a cost recovery basis. The
maintenance of the airport is not financed by Councils General Purpose
Reserve, but from the income generated by the Airport, which is held in the
Airport Reserve. For this reason, maintenance events of the Airport are not
included in this Asset Management Plan. However, this information will be
considered in future revisions of the Plan as Council moves towards strategic
asset management.
The target maintenance events for the following asset categories are used as
a guide for each type of asset at the Airport:

Buildings
Carparks
Fences
Footpaths
Kerb and Gutter
Linemarking
Open Space
Sealed Roads
Sewer and
Stormwater

Renewal
A detailed work plan for the renewal of assets managed by Council at the
Airport is developed annually to support this Asset Management Plan. This
renewal program is prioritised based on condition and risk.

Disposal
Currently, Council includes the cost to dispose of an asset in the unit rate of
that asset type. As Council moves towards strategic asset management this
cost will be captured separately. The Asset Management Plan will be updated
to reflect this change as it occurs across the asset types.
When the Airport disposes of an asset, an income often results. The income
varies depending on the asset type and the market for the asset at the time.

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Level of Service

The Asset Management Plan for 2011 has been developed based on data
collation, research outcomes and the results of Councils internal stakeholder
engagement process.
The next stage of the process is to ask the community to identify which asset
condition is satisfactory to them. This will begin with an extensive community
consultation process. The consultation will be in the form of a community
survey which will be conducted online, at community gatherings, through
focus groups and stakeholder meetings. The survey will use new technology,
be based on images and a simple selection process. The outcomes of the
consultation will form the foundation for true community engagement to occur
in relation to the management of infrastructure across the Wagga Wagga
LGA, in particular the development of agreed levels of service, supported by
Council and the community.
As Council gathers data from the community about the level of service for
each asset category the outcomes will be integrated into the Asset
Management Plan.
Until the outcomes of the community engagement are known Council will
provide costings to achieve an average level of condition for each asset
category and use this as the level of service.

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Financial Considerations

Current Liability
Councils current liability of each asset type is the expenditure required to
ensure the condition of the infrastructure is average or above.
The current liability of the Airport is estimated to be nil, based on the condition
audit performed by Councils Surveillance Team in 2010. This means that all
the components of the Airport have a condition rating of average or above (as
at 2010).

Projected Annual Maintenance Costs


The Airport is not financed by Councils General Purpose Reserve, but from
the income of the facility, the Airport Reserve. For this reason, projected
maintenance costs of the Airport are not included in this Asset Management
Plan. This information will be developed and included in future revisions of
this Plan.
However, the project annual maintenance costs for the following asset
categories are used as a guide for each type of asset at the Airport:

Buildings
Carparks
Fences
Footpaths
Kerb and Gutter
Linemarking
Sealed Roads
Sewer and
Stormwater

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Required Increase to Annual Maintenance Budget per
Additional Unit
As the asset base increases it is important to ensure that the annual
maintenance budget also increases. As the Airport is not financed by
Councils General Purpose Reserve, the required increase to the annual
maintenance budget for additional assets is not included in this Asset
Management Plan. This information will be developed and included in future
revisions of this Plan.
However the required increase to the annual maintenance budget per
additional unit for the following asset categories is used as a guide for each
type of asset at the Airport:

Buildings
Carparks
Fences
Footpaths
Kerb and Gutter
Linemarking
Sealed Roads
Sewer and
Stormwater

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Assumptions

There are some generic assumptions made in the management of assets in


Wagga Wagga City Council, these are found in the Asset Management Plan.
In addition, the following assumptions have been made in relation to the
Airport:

The secure area of the Airport is termed airside and relates to the
area of the Airport subject to Airport security under Civil Aviation
Regulation. Whilst Council maintains the Airport infrastructure many of
the assets are contained in this secure area.
The airport operates on a cost recovery basis. For this reason targeted
maintenance events and their associated costs were researched as
part of this Asset Management Plan. These details will be included as
this Plan is reviewed.

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