Maintenance

The City is responsible for the planning, scheduling and implementation of planned and reactive maintenance on a wide range of assets:

  • 1700 km of roads (55% unsealed)
  • 353 km of open and piped drains (13,000 pits)
  • 150 km of pathways
  • 12 major bridges
  • 200 buildings/structures
  • 44 public toilets
  • 3,400 km of road verges, of which we maintain the vegetation and drains.

The City employs civil maintenance teams and a trades workshop team to undertake most of the maintenance requirements of the City in-house.

How often do gravel / bitumen roads get maintained?

Gravel roads are graded 2, 4 or 6 times per year, depending on the volume of traffic on the road. For upcoming monthly maintenance schedule for gravel road grading, street sweeping and bitumen road maintenance please refer to the Community Information page in local newspapers.

Drainage Maintenance

The City has a drainage maintenance program which includes vegetation control and silt removal.

How often are trails and natural reserves maintained?

Trail and natural reserve maintenance is undertaken on a cyclic program and is largely influenced by the seasons and demand. We endeavour to get to all our high use areas in late spring early summer once the vegetation growth slows.

Urban Verge Maintenance

Urban verge maintenance includes mowing, kerb side and path spraying and street tree management. Mowing is completed under a regular fortnightly schedule, spraying is on a four monthly schedule and street tree management is as required and includes regular pruning as required by Western Power.

Rural Road Verge Maintenance

City of Albany has over 1800 kilometres of rural road verges, these get maintained on a schedule with the higher use roads and transport routes taking priority. With the vast area to cover we are unable to get to every road every year. Currently the schedule is on a three to five year cycle.

Garden Maintenance

Garden maintenance is undertaken for all gardens around the CBD and within Public Open Spaces. All areas are visited within a fortnightly schedule.

Reticulation Maintenance

Reticulation maintenance is undertaken annually in preparation for the summer months and regularly for the sporting fields. Reticulation is switched off throughout the winter months, although some may be required for the sports fields dependent on the rainfall.

Sports Fields Maintenance

Sports fields are maintained regularly to ensure playing surface remain at a high standard. Maintenance undertaken includes mowing, top dressing, fertilising, weed control and coring.

Playground Maintenance

City Prescribed Burns

Playground inspections and maintenance is undertaken at all 42 of our playgrounds each month, which includes raking/sifting sand and ensuring all equipment is safe for use.

The City of Albany and its Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades will be carrying out a number of prescribed burns over coming months.

Areas requiring fuel reduction have been identified in ‘Bushfire Risk Mitigation Strategies’ and ‘Fuel Management and Works Program’ reports prepared for the City in consultation with Senior Local Fire Brigade personnel and key stakeholders, and is reviewed annually and as wildfire events occur.                                  

Prescribed burns are undertaken to maintain biodiversity in the wide range of ecosystems within the City’s reserves and improve the community’s bushfire safety.

Fuel Reduction is vital in reducing fuel loads so that in the event of a bushfire, the impact is not as destructive or extensive, and allows areas of low intensity for brigade personnel to safely fight wildfires.

The burns may cause impact to some residents through smoke and traffic diversions, but we ask for the community’s patience.

Letter box drops advising of the burns will be provided to adjacent landholders, and signage advising of the burn will be erected in most burn locations.

Due to the constraints of weather conditions, limited notice can be provided to the residents prior to the start of a burn. On the morning of the burn, an advice will be broadcast on ABC Great Southern radio.