What is an Asset?

    City of Adelaide defines an asset as a physical resource owned or under the care, control and management of Council that contributes to the community’s needs for access to major economic and social facilities. Assets include stormwater and drainage, streets and transportation infrastructure, buildings, lighting and electrical infrastructure, Park Lands and open space areas (including street trees) and urban elements.

    What is an Asset Management Plan?

    An Asset Management Plan outlines the overall direction, priorities, and targets in terms of infrastructure maintenance and delivery, including the delivery of associated customer services.

    How have the Asset Management Plans been developed?

    In February 2019 Council approved the Asset Management Policy. The Asset Management Policy provides a consistent approach to sustainably managing its infrastructure assets for the benefit of current and future communities. 

    In June 2021 Council adopted the Strategic Asset Management Plan (SAMP) and in December 2021, the Strategic Property Review. Both documents outline the strategic direction of the management of Council’s building and land portfolio.

    The SAMP, Strategic Property Review, Asset Management Policy, and the Long-Term Financial Plan (LTFP), all feed into the development of the AMPs.

    AMPs provide a snapshot of the current and future state of the city’s infrastructure and ensure the City of Adelaide is maintaining and renewing its $2 billion of assets in a cost effective and sustainable manner, while reflecting the needs of the community.

    Under Section 122 of the Local Government Act 1999 (SA) and its regulations, all councils are required to develop and adopt an Infrastructure & Asset Management Plan (I&AMP) covering a period of at least ten years.   In addition, all councils are required to adopt a LTFP also covering a period of at least ten years. There is a direct link between the development and implementation of these two plans. 

    The City of Adelaide is now undertaking a comprehensive review of its AMPs This review includes consulting with our community on the associated levels of service.

    The levels of service within an AMP determine at what state the asset stock will be maintained and when intervention, such as treatments or replacement, will occur. It will also define the nature of replacements. For example, whether a simple like-for-like or more complex build-back-better approach is taken.

    Stage 1 of consultation (in late 2021) focussed on Park Lands and Open Space and Streets and Transportation. Feedback suggested that current service levels appear adequate in most areas, but with some need for improvement in the provision of cycling infrastructure, and the maintenance of our footpaths.

    This engagement, stage 2, will focus on the community level of service for our buildings. 

    The final AMPs will be informed by the feedback received during the consultation processes.

    Why do we need to review our Asset Management Plans?

    Council has a legislative responsibility to review and develop Asset Management Plans within two years of a local government election. The Asset Management Plans outline how Council will manage its assets to achieve overall service delivery targets for a ten-year period. Council’s current Asset Management Plans have expired.

    Beyond the legislative requirement, in our growing city there is a clear need for a planned, systematic approach towards key infrastructure asset maintenance, upgrade and associated service delivery to ensure Council allocates limited resources to areas of greatest need. The aim is to consider community needs and appetites, in line with the available budget and Council’s long-term strategic priorities identified in the City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2020-2024 [Strategic Plan 2020-2024].

    When can I see the Asset Management Plans?

    Council is currently in the early stages of developing the draft AMPs and is seeking input from the community to ensure all views are considered. Resulting AMPs will go out for community consultation following the relevant level of service engagement and aligning with the business plan and budget process.

    What is this consultation about?

    This consultation is about ensuring the community can provide feedback from the outset and remain involved throughout the process of our development of the draft Asset Management Plans.

    We understand that the only way we can effectively manage our assets is by partnering with the ultimate users of our infrastructure and services – our community.

    We are committed to remaining attuned to community views, aiming to understand and act on local sentiment and deliver better, more sustainable outcomes, for generations to come.

    What assets does this consultation cover?

    This consultation focusses on Council Buildings, which include:

    Community Buildings:


    The City of Adelaide has three Libraries located throughout the city. Located on Hutt Street, Tynte Street and the City Library at Rundle Place. These facilities provide a wide range of books and resources and provide community activities for residents and visitors. 

    Community Halls and Centres 

    The City of Adelaide has three community centres throughout Adelaide and North Adelaide with rooms for hire, spaces and a range of hosted activities in collaboration with the local community.

    Park Lands Sports Clubs and Grandstands  

    With over 207 hectares of sporting open space in the Park Lands, many sporting clubs and organisations lease facilities covering a wide range of sports.

    Sport and fitness form a high percentage of Park Lands usage including areas of irrigated open space for ovals, pitches and courts that is complemented by 66 buildings and facilities supporting clubs, associations and their members in using the parks. A total of 23 clubs or associations currently hold licences/leases to use the Park Lands.

    Public Toilets 

    Public toilets provide a service to a wide range of community members of varying ages and abilities, including residents, workers and visitors to the city.  The provision of convenient and accessible facilities is important in supporting a welcoming and dynamic city.

    Access to public toilets enables people with greater needs, such as families with children, the elderly and people with medical conditions, to participate in social activities away from the home for greater periods of time.  A well-designed public toilet network can also assist in reducing anti-social activities, such as public urination.

    City of Adelaide provides 55 public toilets (including publicly accessible) throughout the City and Park Lands. Publicly accessible toilets are those secondary to another service (such as a library, community centre or commercial building). 

    Public toilets are also provided in privately owned space such as shopping centres, licenced premises, food outlets and other retailers throughout the city.  Access to these facilities is generally only available to patrons and is limited to the opening hours of the building.  Facilities are also available at other public places managed by the State Government (or agency) such as the railway station.

    CoA Public Toilet Area Map

    Town Hall Complex 

    The Adelaide Town Hall and Eagle Chambers (constructed 1863-66) and Methodist Meeting Hall buildings house a variety of Council Functions including, Civic, Public, Function Centre and a Café. The building uses include community services (such as concerts, weddings, graduations and other events) and corporate services (Council and Committee meetings, civic receptions and accommodation for the Mayor, Councillors, CEO and Council administration).


    Commercial Buildings:

    Adelaide Aquatic Centre 

    The Adelaide Aquatic Centre is a purpose-built facility comprising three swimming pools (50m Lap Pool, Dive Pool and Tower, learners pool), offices and administration areas, four concrete grandstands, kiosk with commercial kitchen, male and female amenities, sauna/spa, gymnasium, crèche, storage, and plant rooms. The pools were first constructed as an outdoor facility circa 1969 and underwent a major renewal in 1985 converting it into an indoor centre.

    North Adelaide Golf Course 

    Located within Park 1 PIRLTAWARDLI (Possum place), the North Adelaide Golf Course offers 54 holes over three courses. There are three buildings that service the golf course including the North Adelaide Clubhouse and the Par 3 café.   

    Upark Car Parking

    The City of Adelaide owns and operates the UPark off-street car parks. With nine locations throughout the city and approximately 6,000 car parking spaces, Locations include Rundle Street, Gawler Place, Topham Mall, Central markets, Wyatt Street, Light Square, Frome Street, Pirie Street and Grote Street. 

    Park Lands Businesses  

    There are three independently run restaurants and venues within the Park Lands. These include the Pavilion Function Centre and Red Ochre and Jolleys Boathouse.  

    Adelaide Central Market 

    Established in 1869, Adelaide Central Market is one of the largest undercover fresh produce markets in South Australia. It offers a range of fresh food, along with some of Adelaide’s most popular cafes and eateries.

    I have previously provided feedback on similar topics. How is this different?

    City of Adelaide manages a large and complex range of assets. It is sometimes necessary to consult on several related topics. This ensures we are informed about the full spectrum of community needs and views which translates into plans that better cater to the preferences of the city's residents and users. Council reviews its plans and practices on an ongoing basis to ensure a best practice approach, optimising community outcomes.

    This consultation process is specifically focusing on providing information to guide the development of asset management plans. Feedback from this consultation will also build on the feedback we have received previously through relevant associated projects.

    How do I provide my feedback?

    There are several ways in which you can provide feedback:

    Online click here to complete the feedback form.

    Email your comments to yoursay@cityofadelaide.com.au.

    Written Submissions
    All written submissions must be received by 5.00pm on the date advertised and should be addressed to: 

    Community Consultation

    Asset Management Plans - Levels of Service: Buildings

    GPO Box 2252, Adelaide SA 5001

    What happens next?

    All feedback will be collated and analysed by the project team. The preferred level of service approach for each asset category will then be incorporated into the draft AMPs, which will go back out for community consultation as draft documents for final comment.