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Road Maintenance Blitz in Strathbogie Shire

Friday, 7 July, 2017

Strathbogie Shire Council has made roads a high priority in the new Council Plan and Budget adopted on Tuesday 27 June, investing $3.5 million into the road network in the coming years.

One exciting item in the budget is the lease of an additional heavy grader, which will significantly increase road maintenance.

Council is also lifting ‘Class 0’ roads to ‘Class 1’ standard, which means they will receive regular maintenance.

Previously, many roads in the Shire were classified ‘Class 0’ roads, which meant minimal maintenance was given to them, only needing to be accessible enough for emergency service vehicles.

In the first 12 months, this will mean an upgrade to over 60 of our currently ‘Class 0’ roads, which will receive drainage, gravel spreading and grading work to bring them to a ‘Class 1’ standard.

Mount Wombat Ward Councillor Alistair Thomson said upgrades to the road network will support the Council Plan to build flourishing communities by strengthening the rural sector in the Shire.

"Our rural sector is the largest economic contributor and major employer in our Shire and road access is crucial for rural residents and businesses," Cr Thomson said.

This will vastly improve the condition of gravel roads in the Shire, which make up over 1500km of the network.

Cr Thomson said these initiatives were in response to many concerns voiced by local residents through Council’s ‘Let’s Talk- We are Listening’ campaign, in which several ‘Conversation Cafes’ were conducted with residents, with those living in rural areas reporting problems with the gravel road network.

The commitment to roads is just one of several new directions taken in the new Council Plan under consultation with local residents.

 



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