Further funding from the NSW government to "turbocharge" fixing rural roads has given renewed optimism to a road in the former Corowa Shire bumped in favour of one in the old Urana Shire can be fixed.
The Balldale Road was described by local resident and Federation councillor Fred Longmire as being among the worst in the expanded council area, but instead the Cullivel Road, east of Urana, was deemed a higher priority and received $2.58 million for an upgrade.
But the Balldale Road, which requires $2.11 million, is still not a certainty to be bankrolled in the next round of state government funding with Narrow Plains Road ($1.97 million), Whitehead Street ($1.38 million) and Greenvale Road ($2.64 million) also in the mix after also missing out previously.
A recently created local roads committee, which includes Cr Longmire, Cr Bronwyn Thomas, mayor Pat Bourke and engineering director Steve Carmichael, will meet for the first time tomorrow.
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The condition of council roads have also been a hot topic at budget feedback sessions.
Cr Longmire tabled his own investigations into why Balldale Road should have been a higher priority than Cullivel Road.
They included Balldale Road having 13,279 annual traffic movements compared to Cullivel Road's 8592 and Balldale having a higher classification compared to Cullivel.
He hoped the local roads committee could avoid future inconsistencies.
"We are kick-starting something," he said.
"We've had some workshops and I think the tone going forward in terms of challenge and change could start unfolding.
"There is a lot of work to be done and it's a tool we can use."
Councils have to make a 10 per cent contribution towards the cost and also have the option of applying for $3 million for a single project or $1 million for a package of smaller projects.
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