President’s Pen

Straight talk on curly question of road funding

IT’S TIME to have a straight talk about roads.

Simply put, the shire works program is under-resourced.

From 2013 to 2019, overall expenditure for the shire’s transport budget has risen from $2.3 million to $4.3 million, an increase of 87 per cent.

Transport also includes plans, wages, administrative costs, other maintenance, loans and reserve account payments.

When only road construction and maintenance is considered, investment has declined half a million dollars in seven years from $3.1 million in 2013 to $2.5 million in 2019.

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