Green light for Kin Kora as upgrade funding is confirmed

THE upgrade of Kin Kora roundabout has been given the green light, with State Government funding confirmed on Sunday.

The project was previously announced by the State Government, but only now has it signed on the dotted line and confirmed the money is on the way.

Over $12 million in state funds will go towards the overhaul of the roundabout between Dawson Hwy and Phillip St, which is expected to cost $25.4 million in total.

Instead of a roundabout, there will be a four-way intersection with traffic lights in a bid to reduce traffic congestion in the area, plus extra turning lanes along the Dawson Hwy.

Construction is set to begin this year with completion pencilled in for December next year.

The Royalties for Regions program and associated funding has been a bugbear for several in the council, with sources saying the Kin Kora roundabout should have been funded out of the state's Main Roads budget instead of Royalties for Regions.

"While council is appreciative of recent allocations from the State Government for important Main Roads projects like the Kin Kora roundabout redevelopment, these unfortunately do nothing to ease the burden on ratepayers in funding local community infrastructure," council chief executive Stuart Randle wrote in December.

As well as the Kin Kora roundabout upgrade, Royalties for Regions funding was also confirmed for 32 projects spread across 20 regional councils, as part of the second round of funding.

Applications for the third round are now closed and short-listed projects are due to be announced by next month.

Since 2012, a total of 23 road projects have been completed under the Royalties for Regions program.

Mr Randle and Mayor Gail Sellers did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday evening.



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