30 June, 2021
Millions flagged to drive resilient road projects for Isaac
Isaac Regional Council has adopted a multi-million-dollar road infrastructure budget to improve the region’s local network and support jobs. A total of $15.7M roads investment will be delivered as part of Council’s 2021-22 Budget.
Isaac Regional Council has adopted a multi-million-dollar road infrastructure budget to improve the region’s local network and support jobs.
A total of $15.7M roads investment will be delivered as part of Council’s 2021-22 Budget.
Mayor Anne Baker said the 13 major projects will stimulate the local economy and deliver better roads for Isaac region’s ratepayers.
“Roads remain as part of our economic lifeblood with more than $16 billion in agricultural and mining products travelling our roads,” Mayor Baker said.
“Our road maintenance and infrastructure are at the centre of these booming industries which provide a huge economic benefit to Australia. It is integral to helping the Isaac region feed, build and power the world by ensuring our roads remain safe and to keep all industries moving.
Council’s investment will go towards repairing key roads and maintaining the 4,500 kilometres of roads that make up the Isaac region road network.
Engineering and Infrastructure Standing Committee Chair Councillor Jane Pickels said all communities would benefit from the funding in Council’s budget.
“Recent work by Council to develop a road hierarchy will help guide the allocation of funding for the roads in our communities,” Cr Pickels said.
“A total of $3.9M has been marked for rural pavement rehabilitation and surface renewals, and $4M will help re-sheet our unsealed rural roads.”
Other road projects include:
- Repair and reseal sections of Valkyrie Rd on the bus route - $2.8M, partly funded under the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS).
- Construction of Bully Creek Bridge, Bulliwallah Hyde Park Rd - $437,200, partly funded by the Bridges Renewal Program.
- Footpath works, along Dysart Middlemount Rd, Garnham Rd to Queen Elizabeth Rd - $315,000, funded by the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Fund.
Mayor Baker said Council would continue to lobby both state and federal government to deliver additional funding for roads in the region.
“We will continue to strongly advocate on behalf of our ratepayers for a fair go. Isaac deserves a better allocation delivery of funding and better roads,” Mayor Baker said.