- Published on Monday, 20 March 2017 11:00
The clean-up is continuing across Corangamite Shire with works still being completed on roads, bridges and culverts following the September floods that caused major damage across the municipality.
Mayor Jo Beard said the floods created over $3.8 million of damage and that the Council is continuing to complete recovery works across the whole of the Shire.
“The September flood events caused major damage to our local road network with 230 local roads and 26 bridges affected across the Corangamite Shire.
“As of February 2017, 56 sites and an estimated 22% of works have been completed with a busy time ahead planned to see the remaining roads, culverts and bridges repaired.
“The majority of works completed include the reinstatement of major culverts and urgent bridge repairs to ensure roads could be re-opened as well as the removal of silt from drains and the repair of scouring to drains.
“The replacement of gravel to road surfaces will begin as the autumn rains increase to minimise dust and assist compaction of reworked or replaced gravel.”
A breakdown of the repair works across the Shire shows:
• North Ward – 65 roads and seven bridges/major culverts affected
o Repair bill: $1.11 million
o Major projects completed - Leslie Manor and Homestead Roads
• Central Ward – 41 roads and one bridge affected
o Repair bill: $320,000
o Major projects completed - Bullarook and Pomborneit-Foxhow Road.
• South West Ward – 39 roads and five bridges/major culverts affected
o Repair bill: $440,000
o Major projects completed - Maddens Bridge Road and Curdies River Road at the Curdies River Bridge.
• South Central Ward – 27 roads and five bridges/major culverts affected
o Repair bill: $680,000
o Major projects completed - Digneys Bridge Road, Kings, Thorntons and McLeods Roads.
• Coastal Ward – 58 roads and seven bridges/major culverts affected
o Repair bill: $1.25 million
o Major projects completed - Currells, Crescent and Boringa Roads and Bones Access Bridge.
Mayor Beard added that all costs associated with the recovery works were able to be recouped by Council.
“As the flooding event was declared a natural disaster by the State Government, Council is eligible for Federal Government disaster funding assistance relating to all costs associated with the recovery works.
“Council is endeavouring to complete all of the works by the end of the year as well completing its 2016-2017 capital works program.”
For a more detailed map of our recovery works please visit www.corangamite.vic.gov.au
Photo: Mayor Jo Beard looks at the completed bridge works on Lower Darlington Road.