The Golden Plains Shire road network comprises a total length of approximately 1,837 kilometres. The unsealed road network, managed and maintained by the Shire, is approximately 752 kilometres in length
Regular inspection of all roads maintained by the Shire is undertaken and any faults are recorded and subsequently programmed for repair.
Currently the Golden Plains Shire is experiencing the worst drought conditions for many decades. Along with many other Victorian municipalities, we are experiencing enormous difficulties in carrying out normal grading schedules due to the extremely dry weather conditions.
The maintenance of gravel roads relies heavily on adequate water to assist in binding and compacting the gravel on the road. Due to the current dry weather conditions, the roads require even more water to be used during maintenance practices to enable effective binding and compacting. Without sufficient moisture gravel roads deteriorate at a faster rate.
It is common practice that when a road is programmed for maintenance, only the sections of road that require grading are treated. Shire Officers inspect the road and in some circumstances, where the road is generally in reasonable condition, minor repairs may be undertaken in lieu of grading; e.g., filling potholes with crushed rock.
The most common defects reported along unsealed roads include potholes, corrugations and general deterioration of road surfaces requiring grading. Maintenance of these defects is carried out by the Works Department.
If you wish to report a defect/fault on the unsealed road network, please notify councils works Superintendent (Bill Grigg) on 52207146,
Mob: 0408 508 635 or alternatively councils Customer Service Centre on 52207111.