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24 May 2001

Further delays on Cumborah Road


May Searle with bus driver, John Healey and the children who travel the Cumborah Road to school every day

A two part recommendation which sought to schedule construction of the first two kilometres of Regional Road 402, Lightning Ridge to Cumborah, was defeated at this weeks’Walgett Shire Council meeting.

It was expected this would commence utilising the voluntary ‘self help’ gravel arrangement and the identification of unallocated pockets of funds.

The $209350 combined with the ‘self help program’ would have allowed for 2km on Cumborah Road and possibly 1km on Regional Road number 333, Walgett to Carinda.

Funding for Regional Roads may come from two sources; Block Grants and the Regional Improvement and Repairs program.

Block grants are assessed on factors such as length, traffic density, timber bridges etc and these grants may be utilised as Council sees fit.

Representatives of six Councils assess and rate proposals submitted under the Regional Roads Program.

Approximately 20 factors, including traffic, safety, impact on the community, isolation, school ‘bus routes, tourism etc are considered.

The proposal gaining the highest points attracts the funding.
The successful proposal in 2000-2001 was the Pilliga Road which received a $250000 grant matched on a dollar for dollar basis by Walgett Shire Council.

Carinda and Cumborah Roads were also nominees.

The Cumborah road rating was sufficient to have the funding allocation and was higher than the Carinda Road

The successful nomination for the 2001-2002 year will be announced next week as part of the State Budget.

Inequities in the rating process are discussed regularly with no significant changes made in the last two years.

A review and appeal committee also exists.

Walgett Shire Council will discuss road priorities on June 18.

The meeting scheduled between Walgett Shire Council Minister Scully and Premier Carr has been cancelled.

This meeting was to discuss the sourcing of additional funding for the Cumborah Road.

Further developments will be printed as soon as they are to hand.

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