Cost of roads on a steep ascent

Council to spend $10m on roads, but wants more
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WANGARATTA council is waiting to see how much it will get from a $940 million 2018/19 state budget pie for roads.

Rural city mayor Ken Clarke said Wangaratta has 1300km of unsealed roads and they are playing constant catch up with a priority list for road maintenance and upgrades.

Council’s draft budget to be released on Monday is expected to have about $10 million allocated for roads in the municipality but this will be ratepayer funded.

This is off the back of a $10 million allocation in the current budget.

“We prioritise roads funding and we cop a lot of flak from people throughout the city about the state of roads,” Cr Clarke said.

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