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First Budget of new term Council has strong focus on road maintenance

17 June 2016

Mayor Paul McVeigh and Spokesperson for Works and Technical Service Cr Olm inspect the progress of works underway as part of the Eileen Street upgrade in Dalby.

Mayor Paul McVeigh and Spokesperson for Works and Technical Service Cr Olm inspect the progress of works underway as part of the Eileen Street upgrade in Dalby.

With the largest regional road network in Queensland and the second largest in Australia, Western Downs Regional Council are continuing to invest in road maintenance and upgrades across the region.

  • With a focus on the continued delivery of high level services to our communities, Council is investing $61.6 million in maintaining our region’s vast road and bridge network in the 2016/17 Budget;
  • Council is committed to investing in the things that matter to our communities, like our roads, bridges, street lighting, footpaths and stormwater, with an eye on the liveability of our region for both locals and tourists alike;
  • The Western Downs has the largest regional road network in Queensland, with Council actively maintaining and upgrading over 10,000 kilometres of roads, building stronger and safer assets for our communities;
  • Improving the liveability of our region through ensuring our road network is maintained to the highest and safest standard will mean greater sustainability and economic development opportunities for the Western Downs.

Council Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services Councillor Greg Olm said through realigning Council’s workforce to match with the completion of flood recovery works and the slowing down of the resource sector, means a stronger focus on maintaining quality service delivery to our communities.

“Whether you’re visiting family, travelling to work or dropping the kids off to school, roads are an important asset to our communities,” he said.

“With the second largest road network in Australia, Council is committed to maintaining road access, safety and usability for our residents and visitors with $61.6 million provided this financial year.”

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the 2016/17 Budget strikes a balance between responsible management of our current resources and services, and improving the liveability of the Western Downs.

“A key strategy of this budget is to continue to provide value for money services and invest in what matters most to our ratepayers,” he said.

“By continuing to invest in maintaining and upgrading our road and bridge network, we can ensure we are making the Western Downs a better connected region for our residents and visitors.”

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