30 May, 2021
Road to restoration
Under the government’s funding of NSW Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, restoration works have begun within the Gilgandra shire.
After flood damage incurred through 2019-2021, there has been five natural disaster declarations made by Gilgandra Shire Council (GSC) during this period.
Work has commenced on Arthursleigh and Gundea roads, with Annaville, Pibbon and Rosehill roads having already been completed.
“These works are full restoration works and includes formation and reconstruction grading, desilting of table drains and culverts, reinstating lost gravel and repairs to floodway’s, with works occurring with favourable weather,” said GSC general manager, David Neeves.
Four contactor crews from the region, in addition to council’s own three grader crews, will be working on the projects.
“These major restoration works are an investment that are in addition to the GSC normal maintenance and renewal budget for sealed and unsealed rural roads, of approximately $2.5 million per annum.
“Grader crews are currently operating across the shire. We acknowledge there are other roads that have been brought to our attention and we continue to prioritise these requests, taking into account high volume use, bus routes and other factors,” said Mr Neeves.
Meanwhile, local rural ratepayers are again fed up with the state of the unsealed road network and have begun an online petition calling for a bi-annual maintenance commitment from council.
The petition also calls for works to be commenced or finalised by council by the end of June 2021.