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94% of Council rates revenue spent on roads

21 June 2017

Council Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services Cr Greg Olm inspects progress of road reconstruction works along Railway Road in Chinchilla.

Council Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services Cr Greg Olm inspects progress of road reconstruction works along Railway Road in Chinchilla.

Keeping Queensland’s largest road network maintained and safely connecting our region will once again be the single largest expenditure in Western Downs Regional Council’s Budget, with a further $59 million to be invested in 2017/18.

  • With Australia’s second largest road network, Council is responsible for the maintenance and upgrade of almost 7,600 kilometres of rural and urban roads across the Western Downs;
  • This term of Council has so far invested $127 million in roads, footpaths and bridges across the region;
  • Council’s 2017/18 investment of $59 million in its regional road and bridge network represents 94% of its total general rates revenue;
  • Scheduled roadworks in 2017/18 will include:
    • Resheeting 205 kilometres of rural roads
    • Resealing 150 kilometres of rural and urban roads
    • Reconstructing 49 kilometres of rural and urban roads
    • Laying 8 kilometres of new footpaths
  • Safer and longer lasting road assets not only contribute to the liveability of our region, they are vital to sustaining our regional economy by connecting our major industries to suppliers and markets.

Council Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services Councillor Greg Olm said that a safe and well maintained road network was a key priority to maintaining our region’s great liveability and supporting economic growth.

“It’s about getting people to our towns safely and ensuring transport access for our local business and industry,” he said.

“Our ratepayers may be surprised to know that we spend most of what we receive in rates revenue on maintaining our vast road and bridge network.

“As Council’s single biggest expenditure item, we work hard to deliver value for money services across all of our roadworks projects. We simply cannot afford to take our focus off being efficient and cost effective.

“Most of the road spend occurs out in the region, with 205 kilometres of rural roads scheduled for resheeting in the 2017/18 financial year.

“Council will also continue its Bridge Replacement Program with funding to complete bridge upgrades at Greenswamp Road in Chinchilla, Bundi Road and Old Chinchilla Road in Wandoan.”

A detailed list of the top five capital roadworks projects for each district is provided below:

Chinchilla and District (Chinchilla, Brigalow, Kogan)

  • $910,000 Zeller Street – Mackie to Price, Reconstruct
  • $900,000 Inverai Road, Reconstruct
  • $860,000 Greenswamp Road, Replace Bridge (Year 2 of 2)
  • $650,000 King Street – Chinchilla to Little, Reconstruct
  • $600,000 Warrego Highway – Wambo Street, Railway Crossing Upgrade

Dalby and District (Dalby, Bell, Jandowae, Jimbour, Kaimkillenbun, Warra)

  • $1.07 million Pirrinuan-Apunyal Road, Reconstruct
  • $940,000 Pirrinuan – Malakoff Road, Reconstruct
  • $780,000 Inverai Road, Reconstruct
  • $660,000 Warra – Manhull Road, Reconstruct
  • $500,000 Flood Reconstruction (March 2017 Event)

Miles and District (Miles, Condamine, Dulacca, Drillham)

  • $1.01 million Harphams Road, Bitumen Upgrade
  • $910,000 Nathan Road, Reconstruct
  • $490,000 Dulacca North Road, Reconstruct
  • $250,000 RV Parking and Service Road at Miles Visitor Information Centre
  • $220,000 Hookswood – Pelham Road, Realignment

Tara and District (Tara, Meandarra, Moonie, Glenmorgan)

  • $930,000 Roaches Road, Reconstruct
  • $670,000 Bullock Head Road, Reconstruct
  • $39,000 Southwood Road, Reconstruct
  • $12,000 Binnie Street, Replace and Widen Footpath
  • $11,000 Fry Street, Replace and Widen Footpath

Wandoan and District (Wandoan, Gulugubua)

  • $3.57 million Clifford Road, Bitumen Upgrade Stage 1
  • $3.21 million Clifford Road, Bitumen Upgrade Stage 2
  • $1.43 million Bundi Road – Horse Creek Crossing, Bridge Upgrade
  • $1.26 million Roche Creek Road, Reconstruct
  • $500,000 Old Chinchilla Road, Bridge Replacement

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Media Contact:

Cr Greg Olm | Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services | 0477 977 082