You will find Council’s Ten Year Works Program contained in the suite of planning documents currently on exhibition.
This is a great source of information if you wish to see what we plan to do over the next decade in managing our large group of assets.
Everything from roads to bridges, stormwater drains to public toilets, along with sporting fields and reserves are covered to provide the community with a clear picture of what and when projects are likely to be completed.
Our road network is not only Council's largest asset group - in terms of size and cost to maintain – but it's also vital to residents and business owners that we have a safe and well-maintained road network to connect our Shire.
The works program outlines how we set priorities for which roads receive attention, factors that impact the condition of our roads, and the year and cost of roads identified for improvement works.
Council’s recent Community Satisfaction Survey indicated that 57 per cent of residents surveyed have noticed an improvement in local roads in the last 12 months. Anyone driving out to South West Rocks along Plummers Lane, into Kempsey via Lord Street or along Macleay Valley Way in Frederickton would appreciate how busy our roadwork crews have been over the past year. While it is pleasing to receive positive feedback that we're on track with our roads program, we plan to build on this improvement over the coming years.
A snapshot for next financial year includes around $4.8 million on the top seven sealed road projects including sections of Airport Rd, Plummers Lane, Sherwood Rd, South West Rocks Rd, Tozer St and Stuarts Point Rd.
Complementing this will be $1 million allocated to improve the condition of our rural unsealed roads, including sections of Collombatti Rd, Willi Willi Rd and Jacks Crossing.
Please take the time to look over the forward planning documents, and we welcome your comments on all that are on exhibition.