Proposed Budget invests in roads, bridges and footpaths
The City of Greater Bendigo’s proposed 2022/2023 Budget will fund maintenance and upgrades to the City’s vast network of essential infrastructure, including roads, bridges, footpaths and drainage.
The Budget will see $14M for the renewal and reconstruction of sealed and unsealed roads, including $1.5M toward renewal for Axedale-Kimbolton Road, $600,000 will be invested in bridges and $2.8M for drainage works across the municipality, including the Kennington Reservoir dam wall.
To further support walking and cycling infrastructure, $1.5M has been allocated to a new footpath program to increase accessibility and lifestyle opportunities for the community and $1.9M toward footpath renewals.
Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said Council owned and controlled $1.99B of assets on behalf of the community.
“The City is responsible for nearly 3,000 kilometres of roads across Greater Bendigo, valued at more than $550M,” Cr Metcalf said.
“We also look after more than 300 bridges, almost 900 kilometres of footpaths and more than 1,000 kilometres of underground drains.
“Council is currently seeking community feedback on a draft Asset Plan to help establish a 10-year strategic framework on how assets are managed and looked after now and into the future. More details and a community survey on our assets are available on our Let’s Talk platform, feedback closes next Tuesday April 26.
“Maintaining and upgrading assets requires significant funding and planning to ensure they are maintained to an appropriate standard.”
The proposed Budget is now available for public written comments until 5pm, Monday May 16. To view the proposed Budget, visit: https://letstalkgreaterbendigo.com.au/2022-2023-budget.