Parkes Shire Council adopts its $8 million 2018-2019 Roads Program

ROAD WORKS: Just over $34,500 has been allocated for East Street in Parkes as part of Parkes Shire Council's 2018-2019 Roads Program.
ROAD WORKS: Just over $34,500 has been allocated for East Street in Parkes as part of Parkes Shire Council's 2018-2019 Roads Program.

Parkes Shire Council has adopted its 2018-2019 Roads Program, totalling almost $8 million worth of works across the shire.

From urban streets in Parkes and its villages to rural roads between Peak Hill and Tullamore, and Parkes and Bogan Gate – it’s all been included in the the next financial year’s Roads Program.

The program’s draft was reviewed and accepted at the Rural Road Advisory Group meeting at the beginning of April.

Council’s Director of Engineering Services Ben Howard tabled the proposed program at council’s April 17 meeting, where all councillors – except Councillor Louise O’Leary, who was absent from the gathering – voted unanimously to adopt the program.

Mr Howard told the meeting the budget for the Roads Program will be funded by council’s operating budget, as well as a number of programs, such as the Roads to Recovery Program, REPAIR Grants, Capital Grants, Transport Plus Program and Financial Assistance Grants.

The rehabilitation of Bogan Road will see a $200,000 injection, while three urban streets in Parkes and Tullamore, two in Trundle and one in Bogan Gate will receive some attention.

Almost $46,000 has been allocated for High Street in Parkes, $34,500 for East Street and $33,300 for Evans Parade.

Almost $43,000 worth of works will go into Kitchener Street in Tullamore, while $11,700 has been put aside for Carey Street and $3700 for Haylock Street, also both in Tullamore.

Cantrill Street in Trundle will see $11,400 and Plevna Street, also in Trundle, will receive $1400, with just over $26,000 going to Lachlan Street in Bogan Gate.

The largest single injection – though dependent on the approval of a REPAIR Grant – will be $400,000 into the Peak Hill-Tullamore Road.

The intersections in Alagalah Road and Five Chain Lane will receive $300,000 and $125,000 respectively under the Transport Plus Program, as will various Alectown roads amounting to $150,000.

$300,000 has also been put aside in the Transport Plus Program for shoulder widening of local roads that will be determined through an asset condition rating.

Council’s allocation in the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program has dropped considerably this financial year compared to previous years, with Parkes receiving just $886,000.

“We’ve had a significant cutback in the Roads to Recovery Program,” Mr Howard told the meeting.

“We’ve received $2.4 million in previous years.”

Council has decided to use $500,000 of the $886,000 funding for its improvement program for urban roads, with $336,000 going to Brolgan Road and $50,000 into the survey and investigation of Treweekes Gap Road.

Most of the $1.92 million from Capital Grants will go towards improving The Bogan Way ($1.42 million), while $500,000 has been allocated to the Middle Trundle Road.

A $340,000 Financial Assistance Grant has also gone towards upgrading Middle Trundle Road.

Remaining funds in council’s Roads Program will focus on resealing urban and rural roads, gravel resheeting, and the rehabilitation of urban lanes and road shoulders.