Bass Coast,

Council Plans For 4-Star Drainage

Bass Coast Shire Council will aim to update all drains to a 4-star rating as part of the recently adopted Drainage Services Asset Management Plan.

Council developed the Plan to document its commitment to proactive and responsive management of all drainage assets, with the Shire’s drainage infrastructure network comprising of over 400km in length and a replacement value of over $100 million.

Council’s General Manager Infrastructure, Felicity Sist, said the Plan explains the levels of service Council would like to achieve for the community, the life cycles cost including maintenance and renewal costs, and the improvement plan Council would aim to achieve over the next four years.

“It gives Council a sound basis to consider potential upgrades to the network to ensure consistency of approach across the Shire, and to inform the Long Term Fnancial Plan as it is updated on an ongoing basis,” Ms Sist said.

“A key feature of the Plan is the establishment of a clear Level of Service expressed as a ‘star rating’ and it envisages all properties in the Shire ultimately achieving a 4-star rating.”

The 4-star rating is defined as:

  • For dwellings and business in urban areas – inundation of land, but no water lapping or under the dwelling or business in a one in 100 year event.

  • In rural areas – inundation of land for no more than five days and access to property not be denied for more than one day in a one in 100 year event; no water in the vicinity of buildings in a 15 AEP.

  • For roads: depth of water at lip of edge of traffic lane less than 100mm in a one in 100 year event.

Ms Sist said while most of the Shire is already at or above a 4-star level, the Plan includes the development of a 2016-17 strategy to upgrade all existing urban areas to a 4-star level.

“The Plan also offers a clear documented process to enable drainage investigations to occur in a consistent manner and a standard for the drainage issues to be measured against,” Ms Sist said.