$4.4m funds all 43 ru­ral road re­builds

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

The City of Greater Ger­ald­ton has re­ceived $4.39 mil­lion in State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to fix and up­grade 43 ru­ral roads that were badly dam­aged in heavy rain­falls last sum­mer.

Mayor Shane Van Styn said the City’s bud­get would have taken a huge blow if the fund­ing was not se­cured.

“The heavy rain­falls we ex­pe­ri­enced in Fe­bru­ary and March re­sulted in mil­lions of dol­lars worth of dam­age to many of our ru­ral roads and river-cross­ings over an ex­ten­sive area,” he said.

“With­out the $4,390,815 of fund­ing from the West­ern Aus­tralia Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Relief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments pro­gram, which will cover 100 per cent of the clean-up costs and 75 per cent of the restora­tion works, coun­cil would have had to di­vert money from other projects and pro­grams to cover the re­pair costs.”

Mr Van Styn said the re­pair works would sup­port the lo­cal econ­omy by em­ploy­ing lo­cal con­trac­tors. “The con­tract to pro­vide plant and op­er­a­tors for the works has been awarded to Red Dust Hold­ings with Green­field Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices and GHD pro­vid­ing in­put on the en­vi­ron­men­tal and her­itage as­pects of the project,” he said. Work be­gan late last month and is ex­pected to be fin­ished by late April.

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