$4.4m funds all 43 rural road rebuilds
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.