Gravel Roads Strategy Adopted

Tuesday 21 March 2017, 9:36 AM

Pyrenees Shire Council has adopted a Gravel Roads Strategy, in response to community consultation on the issue.

The recommendations of the strategy include:

1. a) That Council pursue an application for a higher rate cap for four years to fund the shortfall in gravel road renewal (resheeting).
b) That Council allocate an additional $101,131 per year for gravel road resheeting for the next four years to allow for an additional 3km per year of resheeting utilising resilient pavement material.
2. That Council commit to using quality gravel road pavement materials that have properties that will reduce the maintenance demand and create resilience to natural disasters.
3. That Council continue to budget for the use of GATT seals as a response to amenity and maintenance issues related to gravel roads in urban areas.
4. That Council seeks funding for an additional $198,320 to undertake an additional 296km of road grading per year to grade collector roads twice yearly and all local access roads yearly.
5. That Council seeks $168,000 of funding to double the current maintenance output for roadside drainage annually.
6. That Council seeks $200,000 of funding to increase by 50% of the current maintenance output for vegetation control to address roadside vegetation issues.
7. That Council commit to reviewing the gravel road hierarchy as part of Council’s road management plan review to reflect how community use the road network and to reflect the changing status of road importance.
8. That Council continue to use its power to restrict access to heavy vehicles on certain roads where alternative access is available so as to protect roads from damage and;
9. That Council continue to provide training to grader operators to ensure grading techniques continue to have regard to industry practices, recognising the range of constraints and demands on the networks.

The strategy is available to download from our Strategic Plans page on this website.

We acknowledge the people past and present of the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, and Djab Wurrung tribes, whose land forms the Pyrenees Shire. We pay our respect to the customs, traditions and stewardship of the land by the elders and people of these tribes.

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