Covering many kilometres

Roads to be upgraded in the Wakefield Regional Council.
Roads to be upgraded in the Wakefield Regional Council.

An allocation of $750,000 from the federal government will allow for several kilometres of sealed and unsealed roads in Wakefield Regional Council to have a facelift.

WRC Mayor Rodney Reid said the funding allocations - endorsed by council at its December meeting - would support council's efforts to improve its road network.

"This is a welcome boost to our capital works funding and also to the everyday maintenance required on our roads," Mayor Reid said.

"It also allows us to bring forward scheduled works."

Thanking the Federal Government, Mayor Rodney Reid said council appreciated the extra funding package.

"As a small Council with a huge road network, we rely heavily on external funding to supplement the rates income that goes into our road construction and maintenance."

Council plans to spend more than $40 million on roads in the coming 10 years and about 74 per cent of council's capital expenditure ($4.9 million) this year will go towards the road network.

Additional Roads to Recovery funding will advance and expand on a handful of road projects, with the following works to be completed over the next two financial years:


. $175,000 - unsealed roadworks on Marola and Templeton roads

. $40,930 - sealed roads maintenance

. $160,000 - rip, reform and resheet on Barunga Top Road


. $300,000 - reconstruction of Mine St, Port Wakefield (from Walter St to East Tce) and reseal Walter St to Wharf Reserve

. $25,930 - sealed roads maintenance across the district

. $50,000 - unsealed roads maintenance and repairs across the district