Community members on roads in Warburton and Healesville will be notified of Council’s decision to levy a Special Charge to seal their roads.
Councillors discussed several projects at their Tuesday meeting, where Council proposed levying special charges to construct roads.
The roads discussed at the meeting were:
- Alpine Street, Cecil Street and Glenbrook Road, Warburton,
- Boronia Road, parts Sylvan Avenue and Unity Court, Warburton
- Benton Road, Elamo Road and Nagoondie Lane, Healesville,
- Campbell Road, Corsley Street and Pilmer Road, Healesville
These roads are the latest to begin the process of a Special Charge Scheme, under the Federal Government-funded Roads for the Community Initiative.
Landowners impacted by the special charge schemes have been contacted by Council, giving them an opportunity to provide feedback about the proposal.
Reviewing this feedback, Councillors voted to declare a special charge for each of the roads above.
The Federal Government will provide $150 million to subsidise sealing of currently-unsealed roads across the Yarra Ranges.
Before Roads for the Community began, landowners and Council would split the cost of sealing an un-sealed (dirt or gravel) road through a Special Charge Scheme. This cost would be as high as $15,000 per development unit, which would be repaid through Council rates yearly over 10 years.
The Federal Government’s funding heavily subsidises each landowner’s contribution as part of Roads for the Community, capping the cost at $7000 per property through the life of the project.
For every Special Charge to progress, every landowner involved is informed, engaged and surveyed to gauge support for the project and the special charge. A Special Charge Scheme is declared when a majority of landowners surveyed support the project going ahead after this engagement.
Community members on the above roads will be contacted in writing, informing them of Council's declaration of a special charge, and further details as their road sealing project continues.
Find out more about Roads for the Community here