Boost for roads

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Lo­cal coun­cil roads will re­ceive a boost af­ter the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment un­veiled a $100 mil­lion fix­ing coun­try roads pro­gram, as part of the $941 mil­lion re­gional roads in­vest­ment.

Moira Shire Coun­cil in­fra­struc­ture gen­eral man­ager Andrew Close said Coun­cil would need to closely as­sess any po­ten­tial fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties un­der the pro­gram but ad­mit­ted it might prove dif­fi­cult this year.

‘‘Given the mag­ni­tude of coun­cil’s cur­rent cap­i­tal bud­get, con­sid­er­a­tion has to be given to iden­ti­fy­ing projects that will be able to be de­liv­ered within the next nine months along with the rest of our cap­i­tal works pro­gram, he said.

‘‘Of­fi­cers are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing pos­si­ble suit­able projects that meet the fund­ing cri­te­ria for sub­mis­sion to this year’s pro­gram as well as for con­sid­er­a­tion to the fol­low­ing year’s pro­gram.’’

Projects in­clude re­build­ing de­te­ri­o­rat­ing roads, seal­ing gravel roads, bridge strength­en­ing, in­ter­sec­tion im­prove­ments and safety up­grades.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for round one of the fix­ing coun­try roads pro­gram close . Suc­cess­ful coun­cil projects will be de­liv­ered by June.

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