Northern Grampians flood works to ramp up

Published on 13 January 2017

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Work to repair roads damaged in Northern Grampians Shire’s September flood event is expected to begin in the next two months.

Mayor Cr Tony Driscoll said the works had been put out to tender to ensure Council was eligible for state government funding.

“Unfortunately we are unable to undertake the works ourselves as we are required to hire contractors in order to claim emergency recovery funding,” he said.

“This is a large tender and it has taken some time to put in place, but once it’s all finalised we can move ahead with what needs to be done.”

Cr Driscoll said Council had carried out emergency work on the roads since September in order to make them trafficable, however there was still widespread damage.

“Our unsealed road network showed immediate damage, but our sealed roads have also been impacted. While they may have looked okay after the floods, the seeping water, combined with increased traffic during harvest, have caused some breakage,” he said.

Cr Driscoll said Council thanked residents for their patience during this time and urged them to take care on the roads while they were being repaired.

“Repair works will ramp up soon, but in the meantime we are asking that people drive to the conditions and abide by the road signage we have out. If they find any hazards on our roads we would urge them to advise Council who can issue appropriate warnings,” he said.