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Strathbogie Shire roads ‘deplorable’

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December 29, 2017

A group of farmers gathered in Molka recently in an effort to raise awareness about the ‘‘deplorable’’ state of the roads. Group spokesman Phil Smith said after years of Strathbogie Shire inaction, the farmers had had enough.

A group of farmers gathered in Molka recently in an effort to raise awareness about the ‘‘deplorable’’ state of the roads.

Group spokesman Phil Smith said after years of Strathbogie Shire inaction, the farmers had had enough.

‘‘People are finding it difficult to run farms,’’ he said.

‘‘The roads are nearly impassable, there is something seriously wrong.’’

Last Friday week, the group gathered on Carters Rd, Molka, which was a dirt road they said the council had not touched for about 10 years.

Mr Smith said after recent rain, landholders had to cart two loads of gravel onto a shire road at their own expense in order to get access to their properties.

‘‘We have modern machinery, $5million trucks that can’t get down these roads ... and are getting destroyed,’’ Mr Smith said.

‘‘Angle Rd to Longwood Rd is impossible to get through because of its state.

‘‘The amount of rates we pay for no service, no maintenance on our roads is deplorable.’’

Chris Howell has lived in the area since the 1950s and said he was beyond fed up, after pulling out three people bogged this past winter.

‘‘I bought a brand new set of heavy duty tyres, the next morning I was travelling about 40km/h on Angle Rd and a rock went straight through the tread,’’ he said.

‘‘Over $3000 worth of tyres within three months ... I’ve fractured my boat trailer — the shire don’t care.’’

In a statement, Strathbogie Shire Council said it worked within a well-developed framework that guided and prioritised roadworks within the region.

‘‘In accordance with the public road register policy, council maintains roads on behalf of the community and council’s road management plan specifies the level of maintenance required for different roads, depending on how regularly they are used by the public,’’ the statement read.

‘‘Roads that don’t provide access to any households are often classified as a zero road. This means they only receive enough maintenance for an emergency service vehicle to access properties on that road.

‘‘Council consults with the community about road maintenance in the shire,’’ the statement read.

‘‘In response to feedback during council’s ‘Let’s Talk — We’re Listening’ campaign, a zero roads upgrade program has been developed as a key commitment in the council plan 2017-21.’’

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