Mayoral Column 27 February 2017

Published on 27 February 2017

First stage of Yorkshire Road project sealed

Stage one of a $4 million project to seal a 12.4 kilometre stretch of Yorkshire Road, which runs east off Bridgewater-Maldon Road, is expected to be finished by the end of the week.

The final 800 metres of the 3.8 kilometre stage one stretch is currently being completed.

The first leg of the three stage project will be delivered for less than the estimated cost of $1.3 million.

Tarnagulla and Inglewood residents may have also noticed ground work has begun for stage three of the sealing project, covering a further three kilometre stretch of Yorkshire Road at an estimated cost of $1 million.

Stage one and stage three of the capital works project have been funded through the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.

Stage two, the final stage of the project to be delivered, covers a six kilometre stretch of Yorkshire Road at an estimated cost of $1.8 million.

Council remains committed to delivering the Yorkshire Road project as promised.

Time-frames for the final stage of the project are expected to be discussed in light of other identified priority works at a Council meeting later this financial year.

The decision to upgrade roads is determined by a number of factors including traffic vehicle count data, the condition of the road and industry developments.

Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm and Scato Plus mushroom composting businesses which are located in the immediate Yorkshire Road vicinity undoubtedly account for a large proportion of traffic volume.

Maintaining our unsealed road network

Council’s annual Local Road Resheet Program which included 16 projects and covered 19 kilometres of unsealed roads throughout the municipality was completed last week.

The resheet program resurfaces unsealed roads with a 100mm layer of gravel pavement.

A stretch of road along Ellis Lane in Inglewood was the last job to be ticked off the project list.

The total program valued at $428,157, has ensured unsealed roads across our Shire remain among the best in the state.

Promote your event in our Calendar

If you’re organising an event, Council’s 2017-2018 Calendar of Events brochure is an invaluable promotional tool.

To ensure your event makes the cut, you must submit relevant details to us by Wednesday 22 March.

Event organisers are encouraged to lodge their submissions online.

Simply visit www.loddon.vic.gov.au and click on Visit/Events Calendar and follow the event submission form prompts.

Even if your event is in the early planning stages, you’re encouraged to lodge an online submission, as details are able to be updated.

If you’re unable to register your event details online, email pbrown@loddon.vic.gov.au or post your submission to Council.

Ensure posted submissions are clearly marked to the attention of Loddon Shire Council’s Tourism Team, PO Box 21, Wedderburn, VIC 3518.

Where possible include the event name and description, date, times, address, contact phone numbers and email address. High resolution photos are also welcome.

Council appreciates the time and effort residents put into organising and running a range of events which benefit the municipality.