Rural Road Sealing

Waikouru Road, Tuahiwi

Waikouru Road, Tuahiwi

One of the items cut from the long term budget in the coming year’s Annual Plan (starting next month) is the sealing of rural roads.

One justification given is that our remaining unsealed rural roads do not carry sufficient traffic to attract government subsidy. 

One can therefore ask, will they ever?  If the subsidy will not be available in the forseeable future, should the Council put up the planned amount of money and do whatever can be done with it?  The money will seal only about half of the length that could be done with subsidy, but perhaps some is better than nothing.

It is too late to do anything about the coming year, but it will be worth talking about for the next Long Term Council Community Plan, starting in 2009.

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