Federation councillor Fred Longmire is baffled how a road in the northern part of the council area has taken precedence for a $2.58 million upgrade over a road in his hometown of Balldale.
Council staff have informed him the recently announced Australian and NSW government funding was awarded to Cullivel Road in the former Urana Shire, which serviced less people than the Balldale Road connecting the town and the Riverina Highway.
The funding comes from the latest round of the Fixing Local Roads Program.
Cr Longmire said those familiar with Cullivel Road, east of Urana, had told him they felt there were higher priority road projects.
"I'm bellyaching because this neck of the woods (Balldale) needs some attention," Cr Longmire said.
"This is the kind of funding that would accommodate the Balldale Road, the main street itself is a disgrace. I was speaking to the mailman and he says it's the worst road that he traverses in a bitumen state."
Cr Longmire said he is not alone in his concerns about the state of the road, with other road users questioning it as well.
"A lot of people go down this road and get to Balldale and say 'what the hell is this shire on about', that owns that road. I've heard them, personally," he said.
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He is hoping for an an explanation on how Cullivel Road was chosen for the upgrade from four other contenders, including Balldale Road.
Cr Longmire stated that he does have family living on the Balldale Road.
Federation Council's general manager Adrian Butler acknowledged Cr Longmire's concerns, and said that council would continue to seek funding opportunities for it and other roads.
"Council submitted five roads for consideration, with the successful application for Cullivel Road," he said.
"Applications for Balldale, Greenvale and Narrow Plains roads and Whitehead Street unfortunately were unsuccessful in this round.
"Staff will continue will continue to seek other funding opportunities."
Cullivel Road was used by grain carriers, farmers, residents and as a local bus route.
Mr Butler described it as an important transport link between the Lockhart/ Wagga Road and Boree Creek Road.
"It has been a priority road for upgrade for many years due to various issues with the road condition at present," Mr Butler said.
The general manager said that Federation Council did not have a formal roads committee but that council welcomes discussion on the issue.
Council will present priorities and road projects throughout the shire at the budget roadshow.
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