Road plan refused

NO GO. Plans to ask residents to fund a road upgrade at Cohuna have been shelved.
NO GO. Plans to ask residents to fund a road upgrade at Cohuna have been shelved.

GANNAWARRA Shire Council will not proceed with a proposal that would have resulted in a group of Cohuna residents pay combined total of more than $250,000 to have their road sealed.

Councillors accepted a management recommendation, raised at last Wednesday's monthly meeting, to discontinue with the implementation of a special charges scheme to cover the cost of upgrading a 500-metre section of Lyons Road.

Initially approved for public feedback in March, more than half of the landowners whose properties border the crushed rock laneway – which runs from Rovaris Road to a dead end – raised objections to the plan following a consultation period.

As council saw no community benefit to be gained from sealing the road, it proposed the eight landowners would pay between $8000 to more than $100,000 for the works to occur, with the majority of those affected being asked to pay $26,925 for the upgrade.

"Given more than half of the residents who were to benefit from the scheme opposed, council cannot legally proceed with the special charges scheme," council's director of infrastructure and development, Geoff Rollinson said.

Council will consider potential options regarding minimising dust levels from vehicles using the road, using similar practices that are in place to maintain streets within Koondrook.

Cr Lorraine Learmonth asked if the shire would consider adding the road to a future capital works program, which Mr Rollinson said would be up to council at a later date.

"Under guidelines in the Local Government Act, we cannot look at this project again for another two years," Mr Rollinson said.