With the largest regional road network in Queensland and the second largest in Australia, Western Downs Regional Council has announced in its latest budget that it will continue to invest in road maintenance and upgrades throughout the area.
In the 2016/17 Budget, Council will invest $61.6 million towards maintaining the region’s vast road and bridge network. This will include the maintenance and upgrade of more than 10,000 kilometres of roads, ultimately building stronger and safer infrastructure.
Council Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services, Councillor Greg Olm, said realigning Council’s workforce to match the completion of flood recovery works, combined with the slowing down of the resource sector, means that a stronger focus can be placed on maintaining quality projects. “Whether you’re visiting family, travelling to work or dropping the kids off to school, roads are an important asset to our communities,” Cr Olm said.
Mayor Paul McVeigh said the 2016/17 Budget strikes a balance between responsible management of our current resources and services, and improving the liveability of the Western Downs. “A key strategy of this budget is to continue to provide value for money services and invest in what matters most to our ratepayers,” he said. “By continuing to invest in maintaining and upgrading our road and bridge network, we can ensure we are making the Western Downs a better connected region for our residents and visitors.”
By Erin Ibbott
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