Unable to source rubble

Repair works to four roads in the Wakefield Council region have been delayed due to an inability to source rubble from within a 10 kilometre radius.
Repair works to four roads in the Wakefield Council region have been delayed due to an inability to source rubble from within a 10 kilometre radius.

Repair work on four roads within the Wakefield Regional Council area has been delayed due to inability to source rubble.

Dows Road, Wilson Road, Bonnie Brae Road and Barunga East Road have been shelved because council have been unable to obtain rubble from a source within a reasonable travel distance of each.

Wakefield councilor Peter Bowyer raised the question with council to determine whether the number of roads affected warrants further discussion with the Infrastructure Services Department.

Cr Bowyer also asked if council the Department had an alternative plan to deal with the situation.

In response, Mayor Rodney Reid said normally rubble could be sourced within a short distance of the road.

“In some cases the land owner will not grant Council access to extract the rubble,” he said, “more recently land owners are making access conditional on which roads are upgraded or sheeted.

“Where adjoining land owners are approached or if no suitable material is available in a 10 kilometre radius, the project is deferred & further negotiations are undertake with the landowner, in the hope that they will reconsider.

“Ultimately this is usually a successful approach.”

Mayor Reid said that the eastern edge and the north-west corner of the council area usually proved difficult to source rubble from within close proximity.

The transportation of rubble forms a substantial part of the resheeting cost, typically around 25 percent of the fee.

Carting rubble from a location greater than 10 km can double the distance and therefore drive the price even higher by adding another 25 percent to the cost.

Mayor Reid said that rubble had been sourced from a location outside of the 10km radius in the past, however this has only occurred when the route is predominately over sealed bitumen.