Roads are high on the priority list for Strathbogie Shire Council, which has invested $3.5million into its road network in the coming years through its latest Council Plan and Budget.
An additional heavy grader has been leased by council, which will significantly increase road maintenance.
Council is also lifting Class 0 roads to Class 1 standard, which means they will receive regular maintenance.
Previously, many roads in the Shire were classified as Class 0 roads, which meant minimal maintenance was given to them.
In the first 12 months, this will mean an upgrade to more than 60 of the currently Class 0 roads, which will receive drainage, gravel spreading and grading work to bring them to a Class 1 standard.
‘‘Our rural sector is the largest economic contributor and major employer in our Shire and road access is crucial for rural residents and businesses,’’ Councillor Alistair Thomson said.
‘‘This will vastly improve the condition of gravel roads in the Shire, which make up over 1500km of the network.’’