Cuts to infrastructure funding put a hold on road projects

THE Southern Downs Regional Council will be forced to put a number of road projects and improvements on hold after the State Government made significant cuts to the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.

TIDS funding for the Southern Border Regional Road Group, which is made up of the Southern Downs and Goondiwindi Regional Councils, has been cut by 60-70%.

The cuts are a result of the State Government's budget reforms.

"The funding is used to assist with the rehabilitation and improvement of the regional road network, with works around schools and for footpath works," a council spokeswoman said.

"Cuts to funding means that council will not be able to complete some projects previously foreshadowed."

There are nine projects which were meant to be completed in the 2012/2013 financial budget.

"Council will have to prioritise its proposed TIDS program as significant cuts will be required," engineering services committee director Peter See said.

"Further details will be provided to council as they are provided by the State Government and the negotiations with the Southern Border Regional Road Group progress."

Among the scheduled works is a $150,000 project to widen Cullendore Rd and an $800,000 project to upgrade the remainder of the road from gravel to bitumen.

Also at risk is $30,000 towards improving signage and traffic management in school zones.

Other projects include a new cycleway at Churchill Dr and roads reconstruction in the district.

The council will discuss the issue at the engineering services committee meeting today.

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