Mozart and Carlwood roads are winners as council decides on spending program

OBERON Council has decided how it will spend more than $500,000 in Federal Government funds for local roads and infrastructure.

Last week's council meeting carried a recommendation to allocate the money to four projects that will include gravel resheeting and road safety improvements.

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee announced last month that Oberon Council would receive an allocation of $584,514 from the new $500 million Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, which aims to enable councils "to deliver priority projects with a focus on upgrades and maintenance".

In making the announcement, Mr Gee said he would be working closely with Oberon Council "to make sure projects get under way to help support local employment and businesses as soon as possible".

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Oberon Council had to identify priority projects to expend the full allocation. Council also needed to demonstrate that projects were additional to its pre-COVID-19 work program for 2020-21.

As well, the project work must be completed by June 30, 2021.

At last week's council meeting, a recommendation was carried to allocate $104,514 towards gravel resheeting for 1500m (the western end) on Mozart Road; $50,000 for road safety improvement on Edith Road at the corner east of McKeown's Creek; $50,000 towards road safety improvement on Gingkin Road at the corner one kilometre south of Edith Road; and $380,000 towards rehabilitating pavement, drainage and bitumen for one kilometre on both west and east ends of Carlwood Road.

In order to initiate the funding deed, projects need to be identified and reported back to the Federal Government no later than July 31, 2020.

The Federal Government says eligible projects under the $500 million Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program include street lighting, road and sidewalk maintenance, bicycle and walking paths, painting community facilities, landscaping, tree planting and street beautification.