Glen Innes Severn Council
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YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY

Respondents to the 2018 survey were asked what they felt Council's number one priority should be over the next three to five years. In 2018, attracting new business and investment to the region (mentioned by 36%) dropped from top to second priority, with roads becoming the community’s number one concern (42%). Significantly smaller proportions mentioned more specific Council priorities, such as providing facilities or services for youth (4%), beautification of the Local Government Area (3%), and tourism (2%).

Council is committed to road maintenance as a primary objective and has allocated significant resources to road projects this financial year. “Council has worked extremely hard over the past few years in becoming financially sustainable,” commented General Manager Mr Hein Basson. “Allocating available resources to areas deemed the most needed is essential, whilst not detracting from the continuation of financial stability.”

Council is in the process of reviewing data and preparing its infrastructure backlog management plan. This requires reviewing current road condition data against previous years to ascertain the rate of deterioration across the roads network in order to form a works strategy to support funding. Council has resolved to seek grant funding for the $14M backlog, however, an identified program is an essential part of securing this. “It is very important that we allocate funds where there will be the greatest long term benefit, which means that we need to balance safety implications on badly failed sections of road against more cost effective preventative works on sections that would otherwise fail in the near future,” explained Director of Infrastructure Services, Mr Keith Appleby.

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YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY

Respondents to the 2018 survey were asked what they felt Council's number one priority should be over the next three to five years. In 2018, attracting new business and investment to the region (mentioned by 36%) dropped from top to second priority, with roads becoming the community’s number one concern (42%). Significantly smaller proportions mentioned more specific Council priorities, such as providing facilities or services for youth (4%), beautification of the Local Government Area (3%), and tourism (2%).

Council is committed to road maintenance as a primary objective and has allocated significant resources to road projects this financial year. “Council has worked extremely hard over the past few years in becoming financially sustainable,” commented General Manager Mr Hein Basson. “Allocating available resources to areas deemed the most needed is essential, whilst not detracting from the continuation of financial stability.”

Council is in the process of reviewing data and preparing its infrastructure backlog management plan. This requires reviewing current road condition data against previous years to ascertain the rate of deterioration across the roads network in order to form a works strategy to support funding. Council has resolved to seek grant funding for the $14M backlog, however, an identified program is an essential part of securing this. “It is very important that we allocate funds where there will be the greatest long term benefit, which means that we need to balance safety implications on badly failed sections of road against more cost effective preventative works on sections that would otherwise fail in the near future,” explained Director of Infrastructure Services, Mr Keith Appleby.

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