Council finalises special variation rate rise project delivery program
August 29, 2013
Shoalhaven City Council has finalised the delivery program for projects being funded by the recent special variation rate rise.
The rate increase is estimated to provide Council with an additional $2.3 million, all of which has been exclusively allocated towards road renewal and path projects in 2013/14 ($1.8 million on roads and $500,000 on pathways).
Mayor, Joanna Gash said she was pleased that the delivery program had been completed saying she was looking forward to the commencement of works in the near future.
“Council applied for an increase in General Rates above the rate pegging limit to allow the organisation to tackle the area’s growing infrastructure backlog,” said Clr Gash.
“This Council made a commitment upon being elected to fix the area’s roads and this is not something that I have shied away from.
“I am extremely pleased to see commencement dates locked in for rehabilitation works on some of the area’s most ailing local roads and footpaths.”
While pleased to see the commencement of road renewal and path projects in the current financial year, Mayor Gash cautioned that it will take many years to overcome infrastructure backlog works of $37 million.
The delivery program includes -
• Currarong Road $624,000 - Commencement in October with completion by Christmas Holidays.
• Jindy Andy Lane $364,000 - Commencement in September with completion by Christmas Holidays.
• Quinns Lane $512,000 - Estimated commencement in December subject to consultation with local business owners.
• Lake Conjola Entrance Road $200,000 - Commencement in April 2014 to avoid peak holiday periods. Council will continue consultation with key stakeholders.
• Orsova Parade $100,000 - Commencement in January 2014 with completion by February 2014.
• Berry Street Footpath $210,000 - Initial stage of the project estimated to commence in October however Council has planned further engagement with local business owners regarding design and potential project impacts.
• Princes Highway (south of Canberra Crescent) path $90,000 - Commencement in April 2014 with completion by end of June 2014.
• Woollamia Road (community) path $200,000 - Works are nearing completion.