COUNCIL’S operations department has come under fire after another bungled road repair left residents furious.
Mayor John Dal Broi has ordered a review of road work practice after recent repairs to the main road at Bilbul have started to fail.
Cracks have appeared in the road surface enabling water to enter the foundations, the road is sinking at the sides, incorrect drainage works mean water now pools on the road side and a drainage pipe has been left blocked.
The Bilbul Road bungle adds to a list of road work mistakes including the costly Kalinda Road/Old Aerodrome Road development and the initially unbalanced roundabout on Wyangan Avenue.
A design error forced council to dig up and re-lay culverts at the Kalinda Road work site in February, while another design error required workers tear up the near-complete Wyangan Avenue roundabout after it was found to be higher on one side.
The mistakes delayed works and cost ratepayers thousands of dollars.
Yenda resident Phillip Pietroboni, who drives the busy Bilbul stretch every day, said he “couldn’t believe” the poor workmanship.
In a letter to council, Mr Pietroboni said pot holes had already started to appear in the surface – despite the job taking nine weeks to complete.
“It’s just ridiculous what they’ve done there and it keeps happening,” Mr Pietroboni said.
“If it was a private enterprise doing that, they’d go broke.”
Councillor Paul Rossetto voiced the issue – and the dissatisfaction of residents – at last Tuesday night’s council meeting.
“The quality of work is really concerning the community,” Mr Rossetto said.
“Road works are not being done to the standard the community expects.”
In a closed council meeting, councillors decided to workshop the issue in September and have also made it one of general manager Brett Stonestreet’s key performance indicators.
“Any work done on roads five to 10 years ago is still good, but any work done in the past five years – you can see in a lot of places it’s bumpy and has gone to pieces,” Mr Rossetto said.
“The technical management is a problem.
“The road work is not good enough.”
Cr Dal Broi said the main road works were funded by the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) with the work was completed by council staff.
“It appears we’re having difficulties actually constructing the roads so they can stand up to excessive traffic,” Cr Dal Broi said.
“I’ve spoken to the general manager over this issue and we will have to have a review of how to construct the main roads.
“It’s something I’m acutely aware of and we need to look at how we can do these jobs better.”