Roads, footpaths and bridges remain a strong focus for Council budget
Mitchell Shire Council’s $23.95 million new capital works program for 2021/22 features more than $8.3 million for roads, footpaths and bridges.
The $8.3 million roads, footpaths and bridges program includes renewals for sealed and unsealed roads as well as continued investment in footpaths through the missing links program.
The investment comes on top of $6.3 million allocated for road, bridge, footpath and drainage maintenance in the operating budget.
The combined spend of $14.6 million across capital and operating programs is a substantial infrastructure investment across the shire.
Major projects include:
- a pedestrian crossing upgrade for Lithgow Street in Beveridge
- a new school crossing in Wallan East
- design works for new traffic lights for the intersection of Tootle Street and the Northern Highway in Kilmore
- design works for a new link road for Kilmore’s John Street
- upgrade for Sugarloaf Creek Road near Broadford
Adopted on Monday night, the budget will see $814,000 for unsealed road renewals and $4.4 million for sealed roads renewals.
The unsealed renewal program includes Leahys Road in Kilmore, Horans Track in Reedy Creek, Gerard Road in Sugarloaf Creek and parts of the unsealed section of Old Sydney Road in Wallan.
The proposed sealed road renewal program includes more than 40 projects across the shire including parts of Old Sydney Road in Beveridge, Kelly’s Lane and O’Gradys Road in Kilmore, the Broadford-Wandong Road, the railway overpass at Wandong, Jamieson Street in Broadford, Oak Street and High Street in Seymour and King Street, Queen Street and William Street in Wallan.
The capital works budget also features $1.416 million for footpaths and cycleways including a $300,000 renewal program and more than $900,000 for the missing links footpath program including Gipps Street (stage 1), Johnson Court and Rutledge Street in Kilmore, Mia Mia Road in Broadford, Lithgow Street in Beveridge and Queen Street, Wedding Drive and Windham Street in Wallan.
Bridges will also be improved with $800,000 budgeted including $400,000 for renewals across the shire and $400,000 for a new bridge near the railway underpass on O’Gradys Road in Kilmore East.
Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson
“We would like to thank the community for their significant support in preparing our budget this year. We’ve heard loud and clear from the community over many years that we need to focus on road and footpath infrastructure and we’re continuing to do that this year," she said.
"Every submission helps us to shape our budget as we also work to consider other infrastructure needs, projects and service priorities across the shire.
"We’re already starting to work on next year’s budget as well as the new Community Vision and four-year Council Plan and we’ll be putting the call out to the community to get involved soon."
"Finally, I would like to thank the State and Federal Government for their financial contribution towards our roads, footpaths and bridges. Ongoing and increased funding is vital to keep our community connected and to support our economic growth."
This page was last updated on 2 July 2021.