Council is committed to providing quality infrastructure while balancing operational and maintenance costs at a level of expenditure aligned with community expectations. Experience gained over many years of operation of these systems has shown that relying only on standard specifications for components of an infrastructure system or network does not necessarily provide the best result.
TCC and WBoPDC have operated under a combined set of Approved Materials lists since 2011 in order to:
- Support infrastructure system serviceability.
- Support good procurement practice.
- Ensure appropriate, affordable, quality infrastructure is owned and operated by each Council.
- Acknowledge that materials and products industry sector is largely the same for both Councils.
The IDC maintains a formal Approved Materials application and management process to achieve these outcomes which also encourages consistency, transparency and fairness for all co-stakeholders.
The materials and products on the Approved Materials lists represent infrastructure that is commonly and frequently constructed within the local government industry that are intended for ownership by Council.
Failure to have a material or product approved does not necessarily mean it can never be used. It may be appropriate to use for a specific design purpose but not be appropriate for frequent use. Approval shall be obtained from Council to allow use of non-approved materials.
The Manager:Asset and Infrastructure Planning may delegate their responsibilities under AM-1 Approved Materials to an appropriate Council professional.
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