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Bridge repair costs soar. But…

June 20, 2014

Seems Unley  Council l were a bit optimistic about the  cost of repairing the crumbling footpath bridge alongside the railway line over Goodwood Road. Initial estimates were $80,000, but the latest news  is that the bill is more likely to be $140,000.

Meanwhile the  puzzle still remains about the ownership (and therefore who pays the bill) of the pedestrian access.

When Council meets on Monday, Members will be told that that matter is  still under investigation, although discussions with the Commissioner of Railways would seem to suggest that the ball is in Council’s court.

Apparently, though, the bridge is not listed in the asset register, and as such there is no provision for any works, so there could be addition costs in this year’s budget.However, if the Department of Transport is confirmed as the bridge’s owner, Council will seek to recover all costs associated with the urgent works.

And the good news for ratepayers is that, regardless of the ownership puzzle, the DPTI has agreed to  meet half the costs of the remedial work, up to a maximum of $70,000.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Ian permalink
    June 20, 2014 11:12 am

    Council needs to be able to fund unexpected expenses like this.
    If the budget was based on Councillor Hewitson’s call for a rate rise of CPI (currently 2.4%) then such work could not be done without taking on more debt.
    This is a good example of why the rate rise of close to 5% is most prudent.


  2. Roger Dereuter permalink
    June 20, 2014 2:24 pm

    I must say I have to agree with Ian on this matter.
    It was not a bright idea to have the rate revenue so tight that emergencies like this could not be covered. Year after year we hear from Mr Hewitson that the cloth must be cut to fit. Well just how do you cater for an emergency if the cloth is cut too small or too tight?
    Ian will be an excellent Councillor in his chosen Unley Park Ward ie. the Hyde Park area.


  3. Ian permalink
    June 21, 2014 10:16 am

    If Councillor Hewitson is so steadfast on a rate rise of CPI then why is he advocating a rate rise of 58% above CPI. He is perhaps cutting his cloth a bit loose.
    His budget would not have provision for emergency works like what is needed at Millswood.
    My campaign for Councillor in Unley Park Ward will be based on transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility.


    • The other Ian permalink
      June 24, 2014 10:32 pm

      On one hand you’re criticising one member of the 13 member Unley Council regarding the voted rate increase in place and on the other hand you’re proposing a similar rate increase to cover such as the proposed repairs. Which is it?

      Hopefully your precedence shown here is not a precursor for more to come.


  4. Brenda permalink
    June 21, 2014 12:22 pm

    I don’t understand this talk about cutting cloth.
    and why is it about Councillor Michael Hewitson’s cloth?
    Was he a tailor? He always appears well dressed, even on his bike.
    Is it Unley Council jargon?


    • Ainsley permalink
      June 23, 2014 12:45 pm

      No, he wasn’t a tailor. He was a teacher. Retired now.
      And yes,he is very erect (and well dressed) on his bike.
      Never seen in him in lycra.


      • cllrmikehudson permalink*
        June 23, 2014 12:46 pm

        Lucky you!


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