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Haul road tops the list

Saturday, 12th May, 2012

The proposed heavy vehicle haulage road is the most important project for the city in the coming year, according to City Council.

Council’s capital works budget will be capped at $3.5 million for the year, however $16 million worth of capital projects would go ahead using funding from grants and other financial assistance, Council says.

Council’s General Manager, Frank Zaknich, said that the haulage road from the Potosi open cut to Perilya’s south mine was dependent on external funds being received from both the State and Federal governments, Perilya and Council loan funds.

“It is an important project that Council is keen to pursue,” Mr Zaknich said. 

“However, we are mindful of Council’s ability to meet significant financial support and so the approach has been made for external funding.”

In Council’s draft operational plan, more than $2 million has been earmarked for general road maintenance and renewal; $1.5 million is set aside for intersection improvements and upgrades; and $547,000 for fleet enhancement and replacement.

“Our parks improvement program is a significant feature of the draft plan and across the city $223,000 has been allocated to our parks and gardens,” Mr Zaknich said.

“A further $200,000 has been set aside for footpath improvements,” he said.

Other projects included in the plan are an $840,000 local road resealing program; $750,000 for the Blende Street reconstruction; $300,000 to repair and upgrade the road pavement in Thomas Street; and $700,000 for the replacement for two waste collection vehicles.

An amount of $40,00 has also been set aside to install closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) in Sturt Park.

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