Regional roads stimulate the economy

Media release

Monday, 24 May 2021

Shire of Capel staff and councillors celebrated the completion of the Ramsay Road phase one rehabilitation and widening project with Federal member Hon Nola Marino MP at an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday 20 May.

The project forms part of the 2017 to 2020 program of works – with much-needed upgrades providing better and safer access to more than 80 Stratham properties.

The shire received $429,394 from the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications as part of phase one of the 2020 Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

The grant allocation funded the council approved shovel-ready project – helping to support a COVID-19 community-led economic recovery by supporting local jobs, firms, and procurement.

The phase one tender was awarded to a local construction company – Carbone Bros Pty Ltd. The Ramsay Road upgrade provided local economic stimulus by supporting local short-term employment opportunities resulting in improved road safety, accessibility and visual amenity for Stratham residents.

Acting CEO Robert Stewart said ‘This project will serve as a critical upgrade for Stratham residents.’

‘The shire is excited to have fast-tracked stages one and two – and is proud to support South West business.

“We hope to encourage further economic recovery while providing important road safety and access improvements.’

At the January 2021 meeting, the council nominated phase two of the Ramsay Road rehabilitation and widening as the council’s preferred project for schedule two of the Local Road and Community Infrastructure Grant Agreement.

This next phase of the project includes the construction of approximately 1840m of footpath construction. Shovels will hit the ground shortly after for phase two tenders closed on 24 March.

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