WORKS: South Burnett Regional Council's Road portfolio holder Cr Gavin Jones.
WORKS: South Burnett Regional Council's Road portfolio holder Cr Gavin Jones. Michael Nolan

Changes flagged in road repair audit

THE South Burnett Regional Council has started to implement some of the 15 recommendations handed down in its Road Efficiency Review.

Road portfolio holder Councillor Gavin Jones said the recommendations covered all aspects of his department.

"We've got 15 recommendation that we'll implement over time,” Cr Jones said.

"A lot of it is internal stuff and about how we approach our work.”

One of the key changes involves leaving heavy equipment in one location until all of the nearby repairs are complete.

Cr Jones said in the past when council received complaints they reacted by sending crews as soon as possible but this wasted time and money.

"We're being proactive, in years gone by we'd be shifting machinery around and wasting $20,000 or $30,000 every move,” he said.

"We're making massive savings in that area and getting more work done for the same amount of money.”

The flip side of this is that it takes longer to get around to some of the problem roads.

"All the comments we're getting is its the best work done since amalgamation, but the unfortunate downside is the people still waiting for the grader are feeling upset,” he said.

This year's roads budget has a significant amount of the money moved from capital works into repairs.

"We certainly listened to the ratepayers, they told us we needed to pay attention to the rural roads and the next budget next year will be the exactly the same,” Cr Jones said.

"We've put a large amount of money on top of our road budget and my ultimate aim is to get the roads up to a standard that we have one grader in one area working all year round.”

Cr Jones said the extra support and money for staff meant better quality repair work.

"The crews are doing exceptional work and I'll stick by their work any day,” Cr Jones said.

"I want all my workers to know I fully support them.”

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