Big cuts loom for road main­te­nance

Midland Reporter - - News -

THE CITY of Swan could lose hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars a year in fund­ing if the State Gov­ern­ment makes cuts to its road main­te­nance grants.

The cuts, pro­posed at 42 per cent, mean the City could lose up to $250,000 a year from its road main­te­nance bud­get.

Swan Mayor Mick Wain­wright said the cuts would have a large im­pact on the City and its res­i­dents.

“Over the past five years the City has re­ceived more than $2.5 mil­lion in di­rect road grants to help fund the main­te­nance of lo­cal roads,” he said

“If this fund­ing is cut we are put in the dif­fi­cult po­si­tion of hav­ing to re­coup it some­how, which could lead to an in­crease in fu­ture rates and fees or put­ting road main­te­nance on hold, which is not fair to our ratepay­ers or res­i­dents.”

The de­ci­sion to cut the rates comes af­ter the Up­per House over­turned a State Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to cut lo­cal gov­ern­ment li­cens­ing con­ces­sions, which would have cost the City close to $400,000 a year.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the State Gov­ern­ment pro­vides lo­cal gov­ern­ments with about $173 mil­lion a year in var­ied grants – this will be af­fected by about $10 mil­lion across 139 lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

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Mick Wain­wright ex­am­ines the con­di­tion of lo­cal roads. Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

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