Mayor Golder unveils rural roads plan, three new positions created
MARANOA Regional Council have announced an overhaul of how they maintain rural roads, with the creation of three new positions to handle our 6000km of minor roads.
Under the new plan unveiled in the latest council budget, these Rural Road Co-ordinators will be able to work autonomously to ensure rural roads are routinely maintenance-graded.
Mayor Tyson Golder called the three co-ordinators, who will be paid around $118,000 a year, as some of the most important people on council.
"The Rural Roads Coordinators is my initiative that worked on with the CEO and then our councillors to bring into place,” he said.
"These rural road co-ordinators are needed no matter council structure we've got.
"What happens is there are a lot of rural roads that are falling through the cracks and are not getting maintenance-graded, and it's been going on for years.
"These will be some of the most important people in our council.”
Cr Golder said the employees, which will have portfolios covering either north, south-east or west, will be able to set their own budgets, within reason, and make decisions for ratepayers to make sure roads are graded.
"When these people are in the positions, you'll be able to contact them about your road ask for them to find out if there is program maintenance happening on the road,” he said.
"Then they come back with the plan, because these co-ordinators will have their own maintenance budgets, which is up to them.
"They can select one of our pre-approved contractors to get some quotes on the road and put that out and get it down.
"To begin with, I expect (their budgets) to be smaller, because we want to make sure there's value for money, then as it's proven to work then we can increase it.”
Two of the positions, which have all been created from vacant positions within council, have already been filled, with the employees to start work within the next month.
Cr Golder said the new system would eliminate time-wasting by ratepayers who would normally put in a request form.
"Really, people are very frustrated because they ring the council and they don't a response or workers put in customer requests and then nothing happens with their road,” he said.
"We need someone who is good at speaking to people, chasing it up and following through.”