Roads are by far local government's biggest asset. Local roads comprise 85% by length of Australia's total road network and have an estimated value of about $75bn.
It is vital that local government maintain, and where appropriate upgrade, the local road system to the best extent possible given its very scarce resources. Councils have road use and condition data and asset management plans to help determine maintenance and new works programs.
ALGA with funding from the Federal Government developed the National Local Roads Data System. When Federal funding ceased, updating of the system was no longer able to be continued.
ALGA commissioned Jeff Roorda and Associates to undertake a pilot study as phase one of a National State of the Assets reporting process. The results of this work have been published in the Report National State of the Assets Pilot 2012, November 2012.
Programs of particular interest are: