Burdekin Shire Council has budgeted $9.7 million for maintenance and capital works on the road and drainage networks.
Mayor Bill Lowis said Council had allocated $6.4 million in capital roadworks, with $4.1 million or 64 per cent, of that being spent on the shire’s rural road network.
“These works will include the replacement of several road drainage culverts as identified by Council’s Asset Management framework.
“Other works will include kerbing and channelling and bitumen widening in a number of Home Hill streets and upgrades across the Shire including Conlan Street, Mirrigan Road, Daniel Road, Rita Island Road and Mountainview Road.
“Urban drainage capital works, valued at $250,000, will include improvements to existing drainage systems in the towns of Ayr and Brandon.”
Cr Lowis said Council’s road maintenance budget of almost $2.7 million would be used to maintain the Shire’s sealed and unsealed roads to an acceptable level.
“Our drainage maintenance has been budgeted to cost almost $412,000,” he said.
“These works will include the ongoing removal of weeds from our drainage network.”
The Mayor said an addition $1.9 million would be spent on restoring flood damaged roads under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
“These works will be funded by the State and Federal governments with contribution from Council for the labour and widening costs,” he said.