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Sealing the Hills - road sealing project

110 kilometres of unsealed roads in Cardinia Shire will be sealed between 2020 and 2029.

  • This is a rare opportunity to get your road sealed at a significantly reduced price. 
  • The program is possible due to $150 million in Australian Government funding that will see Cardinia Shire Council seal and modernise 110 kilometres of unsealed roads between 2020 and 2029.
  • The funding is the result of an advocacy partnership between Cardinia Shire Council and Yarra Ranges Council 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.

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 

My road is not listed

If your road is not listed here, it means it has not been prioritised for the current funding.  Do you have a comment or question about road maintenance? Read our information on reporting a problem with a road

The road packages listed below have started the planning and special charge scheme process. Find your road and click on the link, which will take you to the project page for that project. Remember to ‘follow’ the project page so you get regular updates. 

The project page will be updated regularly through the different project stages and includes:

  • draft preliminary (concept) design plans for roads proposed for sealing, as they become available
  • a feedback form
  • a module for you to ask questions online about your specific road project
  • copies of correspondence
  • landowner online survey 
  • key dates
  • project timeline (what stage is the project up to)
  • sign up to receive updates on your specific road project

Previous questions from the community about the Sealing the Hills road projects

  • Baker-Glen package
    This package includes Baker Street, Garden Street, Glen Road and Station Road.
  • First-Grenville package
    This package includes First Avenue, Grenville Road, Hazels Street, Marcelle Street, Neville Street, Second Avenue, Spring Street and Steane Street.
  • Halycon-Seaview package
    This package includes Alexander Road, Fern Gully Road, Gum Street, Halcyon Grove, Jeanne Street, Lowen Road, Maurice Street, Seaview Road and Stringybark Road.
  • Russell-Blackwood package
    This package includes Blackwood Lane, Russell Road and services roads for Redwood Road and Gembrook Road
  • Red–Boyd Road package
    This package includes Boyd Road, Ramage Lance, Red Road, Ritchie Road and Williamson Road
  • St Georges package
    This package includes Halford Street, Montuna Grove and St Georges Road.

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

  • Community value – for example, roads that provide access to important community facilities, or are close to townships/highly populated areas.  
  • Traffic volumes – higher traffic roads were given priority receiving higher scores.
  • Strategic value – this could include:
    • roads linking townships
    • alternative access routes to main roads
    • roads that are 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. 

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.

About the Special Charge Scheme

Individual road sealing projects will only proceed if a majority of landowners support the works in their street. If you’re a tenant, your landlord will be consulted about the works.

  • Australian Government funding will subsidise about 85% of the works, with Council and property owners contributing the rest via a special charge scheme. 
  • For this reason, Council has been able to commit to capping landowner contributions at $7,000 per ‘development unit’ (also known as a benefit unit) for the life of the program. Without this extra funding, landowner contributions would usually range between $15,000 to $25,000.
  • In most cases, a property will be equal to 1 x development unit’ – however please note, a property that can be further subdivided or intensively developed may attract multiple development units (benefit units). This will depend on the land zoning and an assessment of the likelihood of further subdivision/development actually occurring.

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. 

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