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Sealing the Hills - road sealing project

109 kilometres of unsealed roads in Cardinia Shire will be sealed over an 8-year period as part of this project.

  • The Australian Government committed $300 million funding over 10 years to Cardinia Shire Council and Yarra Ranges Council ($150 million to each council) to seal roads in the Dandenong Ranges and surrounds. The funding is the result of an advocacy partnership between our councils to improve unsealed roads.
  • This project will be co-funded by property owners and the Australian Government via a special charge scheme.  The funding package will provide a substantial contribution towards the cost.
  • We’ll be in touch with residents in writing about each of the roads included in the program.
  • Cardinia Shire and Yarra Ranges have a large unsealed road network, which has existed for more than 100 years in many areas. A lot of our residential development happened when our regions were considered country Victoria; population growth has put pressure on our unsealed road network and means improvements are needed.

164 roads have been prioritised for sealing as part of this program. You can view them as a list, or in the map view below. 

Map of roads to be sealed 

Cardinia Shire townships to benefit include:

  • Avonsleigh
  • Beaconsfield
  • Beaconsfield Upper
  • Cockatoo
  • Dewhurst
  • Emerald
  • Gembrook
  • Guys Hill
  • Nar Nar Goon North
  • Menzies Creek
  • Mount Burnett
  • Pakenham Upper.

To select the roads, a number of factors were considered: 

  • Community value -  – for example, roads that provide providing access to community facilities or are close to a highly populated areas (township).  
  • Traffic volumes - higher traffic roads were given priority receiving higher scores.
  • Strategic value-–for example, roads linking townships, alternative access routes to main roads, and those deemed as a high value fire escape route. 
  • Residential density - calculated by dividing the number of lots along the road by the length of the road. 
  • Safety - taken from the latest crash data available as well safety assessments where available. 
  • Maintenance costs - this is based on the ongoing level of maintenance that is required by Council for each road. 

Construction of the first roads is expected to start in late-2021, after community consultation and pre-planning and design works are completed.

Council has identified these roads to be sealed first:

  • Caroline Avenue, Boronia Crescent and Rouen Road, Cockatoo
  • Crichton Road and Princess Avenue, Emerald
  • Station Street, Anzac, Heroes catchment and Innes Road, Gembrook
  • Armstrong Road, Upper Beaconsfield
  • Garden City Estate catchment, Cockatoo 

Once works on these roads is underway, community consultation and engagement on other priority roads will start.

All affected landowners will receive a letter and brochure outlining the details and timings of the program, including the consultation process.

As part of this consultation, the majority of landowners in the same street will need to agree to the road being sealed before works can go ahead.

Landowners will be provided with the opportunity to vote for or against the proposal and give their feedback to Council. Prior to being asked to vote, landowners will receive detailed information about their individual special charge scheme costs.

Read more about the community consultation on our Creating Cardinia Sealing the hills page.

Special Charge Scheme costs  

  • The average household contribution to a road Special Charge Scheme would generally be around  $17,000. However, Council will use the substantial funding from the Australian Government to heavily subsidise the program costs so residents’ contributions will be capped at $7000 per ‘Benefit Unit’ (whereby a standard lot, whether developed or vacant, equals one ‘Benefit Unit’). 
  • Properties that can be further subdivided or intensively developed may attract multiple ‘Benefit Units’ depending on the land zoning and likelihood of this happening.

Why do I need to contribute towards the cost?

Over the years Council has partnered with landowners to seal numerous unsealed roads through special charge schemes. Because of the Australian Government funding for this project, owners will get a much lower rate than has been required in the past.

How is the cost calculated?

The cost of sealing the road and the number of rateable properties determines the cost that owners need to contribute towards having their road sealed.

Using the Australian Government’s money in a co-payment system with landowners means we’ll be able to seal significantly more unsealed roads across the shire. Without this co-payment, it’s likely that over 50 kilometres of roads would miss out.

Why do I need to contribute towards the cost?

Over the years Council has partnered with landowners to seal numerous unsealed roads through special charge schemes. Because of the Federal Government funding for this project,  owners will get a much lower rate than has been required in the past.

Using the Federal Government’s money in a co-payment system with landowners means we’ll be able to seal significantly more unsealed roads across the shire. Without this co-payment, it’s likely that over 50 kilometres of roads would miss out.

How is the cost calculated?

The cost of sealing the road and the number of rateable properties determines the cost that owners need to contribute towards having their road sealed.

How do I pay my contribution?

If you prefer to pay over a number of years

You can pay over a number of years (specified at the time of the declaration of your special charge scheme), in the same way you pay your annual rates.

Financing costs, similar to home loan interest rates, are added to your charge. This is determined following advice from Council’s financial institution. The interest rate is fixed for the period of the special charge.

If you prefer a lump sum payment

In this case, the total charge (which does not include financing costs) must be paid by the date your annual rates are due. 

What happens if I can’t afford the co-payment? 

We are mindful that some people are experiencing financial and other impacts from the COVID 19 pandemic. We intend to work closely with anyone experiencing such difficulties.We currently offer financial hardship arrangements, and we’re also looking at other assistance options for those in financial difficulty. Our correspondence will include information about repayment and deferment options available to you.

What if I don’t want my road to be part of the project?

As outlined in the Local Government Act 1989, as part of the Special Charge Scheme process you’ll be given the opportunity to make a submission or objection if you have issues with the proposal.

  • All landowners are given notices at the start of the process, so that you can make a written submission or objection. Those making submissions may appear before Council to be heard in support of their submission.
  • After considering any submissions, Council will decide whether to go ahead with the project and we’ll let you know about the decision.
  • If we decide to go ahead with the special charge, you may then apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for a review of the decision.

Contact the Major Projects Community Engagement Facilitator
Ph: 1300 787 624 
Mail: mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au

Sealing Roads in the Dandenong Ranges and Surrounds on the Australian Government website.