Kirkwood residents’ offer to fix their own road pays off

A GROUP of residents at Kirkwood desperate to have their road sealed thought they'd been left with one option - pay for it themselves.

That was true until yesterday when the councillors voted against a recommendation to accept $20,100 from residents at the six properties along the 700 metre stretch of gravel road at Koowin Dr.

Instead the council will pay the full amount for the "low cost seal" which is just under $30,000.

For resident Neville Samuels it's the news he's been waiting for since about five years ago when a new estate was built next door, and the increased traffic began spreading dust onto his home and drinking water.

"Glad to hear the council will pay for it," Mr Samuels said.

"And so they should.

"I don't know why we should have been asked to pay for it at all.

"We're ratepayers too and it wasn't a problem until this subdivision was approved."

Koowin Dr residents will fork out to have their road re-sealed.
Koowin Dr residents will fork out to have their road re-sealed.

After years of enquiries with the council, the decision to seal the road was only made after the residents obtained their own quote and proposed to carry out the works themselves.

According to their quote the surface will last 20 years and now the council is considering using this "low cost seal" method for other roads under similar circumstances.

Council won't be asking residents to pay, although that will depend on the success of this pilot project.

During the meeting Director Paul Keech said while ordinarily this move would be considered "risky" he was confident it was an effective, low-cost solution.

"Of course that depends on our assumptions being correct, and that the mix of traffic stays the way it is at the moment," Mr Keech said.

Sealing the road also means the council won't need to fund gravel re-surfacing which will save ratepayers $60,000 during the next 10 years.



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