Capital Works will remain firmly in the spotlight for Singleton Council in 2018/19, with over $5 million to be spent on projects across the local government area, supported largely by Special Rate Variation (SRV) funds.
Council allocates SRV funds in accordance with strict criteria to improve or repair existing infrastructure. $3.848 million of SRV funds will be distributed to the renewal and upgrades of five of Council’s infrastructure assets classes - roads, drainage, transportation, open space and reserve, and building.
A budget allocation of over $1.40 million has also been made towards the installation of kerb and guttering, re-sealing of roads and the re-surfacing of urban asphalt roads and cul-de-sacs.For the 2018/2019 financial year, works will see several of Council’s key infrastructure projects delivered, including the rehabilitation of roads, bridges, causeways and the sealing of unsealed roads, drainage and building works and Open Space assets.
Funds have been allocated to rural road works on Falbrook Road, Middle Falbrook Road, Wand Road, Lemington Road, Glen Oak Access, and Goorangoola Road. Funds have also been allocated for work on Dunolly Bridge, and the presently unnamed bridge on Old Carrowbrook Road. Urban areas will see improvements too, including Kelso Street and Ryan Avenue.
“The special rate variation has enabled Council to continue our focus on proactive maintenance and renewal of our road network, with the funding being directly spent on unsealed road maintenance, road resurfacing, road rejuvenation treatments and road construction. The funding also allows us to close our infrastructure gap,” Acting General Manager Mark Ihlein said.
As highlighted in Council’s Asset Management Strategy, numerous criteria and techniques influence budget allocation, ranging from local community preferences to rational economic analysis.
“We’re proud to be delivering a strong program to improve our roads and bridges into the future, and appreciate the fantastic support from our community as we continue to forge ahead,” he said.