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More than $1 million of road and footpath works get under way

News Article Date: 
Friday, 29 January 2021
Council’s Annual Footpath Renewal and Major Road Rehabilitation programs will begin in earnest on February 1, with seven roads and intersections and 35 footpaths throughout the city set to be upgraded.
 
Just over $1 million has been allocated in Council’s budget to complete the works.
 
The $495,000 cost of the Footpath Renewal Program has carried over from funds allocated in the 2019/2020 budget for asset renewal via the Rate Cap Variation, where the Warrnambool City Council was one of only two municipalities granted permission by the Essential Services Commission to lift rates above the state-imposed cap in 2019.
 
$474,000 has been budgeted for the Major Road Rehabilitation Program while $98,000 has been allocated via the Small Infrastructure Fund for a new footpath on Rooneys Road to better link Dennington with West Warrnambool and Brauer College.
 
Warrnambool City Council Director City Infrastructure David Leahy said that asset maintenance was a crucial function of Council.
 
“Council looks to construct new footpaths to provide maximum value to the community where we can, and the new footpath on Rooneys Road is a good example of this, but it’s just as important to maintain our existing footpath and road networks to an appropriate standard,” he said.
 
“Each year, Council carries out maintenance and repairs on assets such as roads, footpaths, playgrounds, bridges and buildings.
 
“In 2019 the Essential Services Commission recognised that even after taking all reasonable steps to find efficiencies, the city’s assets were deteriorating faster than we could fund their maintenance.
 
“All additional funds raised via the Rate Cap Variation have gone into asset renewal such as footpaths as well as playgrounds at Aitkins Road, Pappas Drive and Mahogany Gardens.”
 
Pertobe Road between Merri Street and the Surf Club entrance will be the first section of road rehabilitated, with works expected to run from February 1-3.
 
Work will then proceed as follows over the next three weeks:
 
Banyan Street – Lava Street to Raglan Parade
Moore Street – Kiama Avenue Intersection
Whites Road – Wares Road, Sharpe Avenue Intersection
Swinton Street – Kennedy Street Due West
Mahoneys Road – Huntingfield Drive Intersection
Rosemary Court – Veronica Court to Bowl
 
Motorists can expect some delays, but through traffic will still be possible under the supervision of traffic controllers.
 
Approximately 2km of footpaths will be renewed between February and June, with the following works to be completed in February, in addition to work beginning on the new Rooneys Road footpath between Darwinia Street and Rongoa Drive:
 
Mahoneys Road (right footpath) – Huntingfield Drive to Dobson Way
Timor Street (left footpath) –  Hart Street to Hider Street
Kelp Street (left footpath) – Merri Street to Timor Street
Lava St East (right footpath) –  Lyndoch Avenue to Flaxman Street
 
Upcoming sections of footpath to be completed under this program in the coming weeks will be published at www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/works-and-road-closures.

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