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Road repair ‘a risk’

Friday, 23rd May, 2014

By Erica Visser

City Council has accepted a $675,000 grant to reconstruct the run down road to the top of the Line of Lode.

The State Government grant will be provided over two financial years and construction at Federation Way will begin as soon as possible.

The work would be completed by both Council employees and sub-contractors.

Council’s General Manager Therese Manns said that there were “certainly some risks involved” with the project.

If the work goes over budget, Council would be forced to pay the excess. 

“Because the funding goes over two financial years, we do have to start this year,” she told councillors yesterday.

A project manager has been hired, using the grant money, to assess the site and would be in the city next week.

“It’s not your average road, you do need to take all due diligence.”

There was also some concern over the state of the Line of Lode car park, which would remain the property of the Crown Lands. 

“The car park is certainly in a deteriorating condition as well,” Ms Manns said.

“The budget for Federation Way certainly doesn’t include the car park.”

However, she said there may be some “efficiency savings” linked with the road funding.

Meanwhile, CBH Resources last night closed the gates to the Line of Lode site indefinitely.

The public can no longer access the lookout or Miners Memorial site due to concerns over public liability.

Ms Manns said she hoped that the site would reopen once CBH had successfully handed its land rights over to Crown Lands.

“It’s a significant site; not just for tourists but for the community.”

Council would now take on ownership of 60 metres of the road and it would be declared public.

“I understand that Council will be the delivery agent for the works and will bear the risk for the works accordingly,” said Minister for Roads Duncan Gay, within a letter.

“Importantly ... the NSW Government will not be responsible for any future or ongoing maintenance arising from these works.

“Council will be solely responsible for any project cost overruns.”

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