Roads to be up­graded

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Roads are high on the pri­or­ity list for Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil, which has in­vested $3.5 mil­lion into its road net­work in the com­ing years through its lat­est Coun­cil Plan and Bud­get.

An ad­di­tional heavy grader has been leased by coun­cil, which will sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease road main­te­nance.

Coun­cil is also lift­ing Class 0 roads to Class 1 stan­dard, which means they will re­ceive reg­u­lar main­te­nance.

Pre­vi­ously, many roads in the Shire were clas­si­fied as Class 0 roads, which meant min­i­mal main­te­nance was given to them.

In the first 12 months, this will mean an up­grade to more than 60 of the cur­rently Class 0 roads, which will re­ceive drainage, gravel spread­ing and grad­ing work to bring them to a Class 1 stan­dard.

‘‘Our ru­ral sec­tor is the largest eco­nomic con­trib­u­tor and ma­jor em­ployer in our Shire and road ac­cess is cru­cial for ru­ral res­i­dents and busi­nesses,’’ Coun­cil­lor Alis­tair Thom­son said.

‘‘This will vastly im­prove the con­di­tion of gravel roads in the Shire, which make up over 1500 km of the net­work.’’

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