Funds finally to be spent on projects
THE money has been sitting there for a long time and now it can finally be spent.
A total of $385,440 of Section 94 developer contributions collected prior to 1992 has now been located and allocated to the relevant projects, ready to be added to the council's rolling program of road improvements.
Since last year Section 94 officer, Bruce Potts, has been working to untangle the convoluted web of State Government legislation, contributions collected and the projects to which they were attached.
“We've been collecting the money for a long time,” Bellingen Council's general manager, Mike Colreavy said.
“But the tracking of what we had and what it was to be used for had been lost in history.
“Now we've got a handle on what old money we have and can start spending it.”
At last week's meeting councillors were clearly pleased to see the progress.
“This money has been there for a long time - I would really like to spend it,” Cr Mark Troy said.
Projects on the list include $150,000 for Stage 1 of the construction of a roundabout at Perrys Road, Repton, including major earth works.
Commenting on the cost of the work, Cr Ian Coe said in England, roundabouts were now commonly painted onto roads.
“It saves the cost of the major earthworks,” Cr Coe said.
“Have alternatives been considered?”
Director of engineering, Mike Edsall, said the option would be investigated.
Also on the list was $90,000 for Stage 1 of the design and construction of a new retaining wall on the northern end of Lavenders Bridge plus $65,000 for drainage and alignment work on Hungry Head Road, Urunga and $35,000 for drainage improvements for Bailey Street, Repton.
Mr Edsall said the work would be fitted into the council's works program and was hopeful the bulk would be done in this financial year.
Mr Colreavy reminded the council that changes would also have to be made to accommodate the Raleigh Depot upgrade project.
Director of planning, Charlie Hannavy, said the balance of Section 94 funds after 1992 amounted to over $1 million.
In response to a question from Cr Kerry Child, Mr Colreavy said a final breakdown of all Section 94 funds was due to be brought to the council soon.