Mayor Bill Ludwig says he was both delighted and relieved to now have a joint commitment from both major parties in regard to Stage One of major upgrades to Stanage Bay Road.
“This is a critical access route for Australian Defence Forces (ADF), our primary producers, Stanage Bay Township and Emergency Services,” Cr Ludwig said.
“I would like to commend Michelle Landry MP on securing this matching investment in the future for both our community and ADF.
“It is equally important to also recognise and acknowledge the efforts of Labor candidate Russell Robertson in securing the commitment from Labor.
“There should always be bi-partisan support for projects like Stanage Bay Road upgrades given the level of importance to both our community and the national interest. Both sides must be commended here for recognising that fact with their respective commitments.
“Making these roads safe and ‘fit for purpose’ will also enhance and create future opportunities to progressively build a stronger and more vibrant tourism industry at Stanage Bay Township.
“Our community can now focus on negotiating a fair annual contribution from ADF to the maintenance and whole of life costs of all the Shoalwater Bay major access routes under Council control.
“Detailed cost estimates put annual maintenance and appropriate levels of gravel re-sheeting to keep these roads up to the required standards for military convoy use at between $1.4M to $1.8M.
“This figure aligns closely with Livingstone Shire’s estimated annual loss of rates revenue with ADF now occupying almost one third of Councils land mass.
“The key areas that Council and the community will focus on moving forward are the measures needed to address the estimated $35 million loss from the beef industry as a result of the massive land acquisitions that are still continuing,” Cr Ludwig said.