Road management

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Each road, no matter how carefully designed and constructed, will deteriorate as a result of traffic, weather and time. Maintenance methods and levels vary according to the road classification and whether the road is sealed or unsealed.

Council has a Road Management Plan(PDF, 8MB) and carries out road maintenance to keep the roads in our shire in good condition. A few of the programs in the management plan are listed below.

Public Notice:

Suspension of the Road Management Plan

Due to the recent extreme weather events including flooding, landslides and fallen trees, Surf Coast Shire Council extend its suspension of the Road Management Plan in order to address urgent repairs. The suspension will now remain in place until 31 January 2023.

The following interim timeframes and response times will apply to:

a. Collector and Access Roads

i. Reactive Inspection – 10 working days (currently 5 working days)

ii. Reactive Inspection Emergency – remains at Respond by inspecting within four (4) hours and implement temporary measures such as signage as required.

iii. Proactive Inspection – To re-commence on 1 December 2022

iv. Potholes (sealed roads) – Primary & Secondary Collector 20 working days (currently 10 days) and Primary & Secondary Access 30 working days (currently 15 days)

v. Potholes (unsealed roads) – All roads 50 working days (currently 30 days)

vi. Sight Distance (overhanging vegetation, grass and shrubs) - 20 days for all roads

b. Primary and Secondary Pathways

i. Reactive Inspection – 10 working days (currently 3 working days)

ii. Proactive Inspection - Suspended for 4 week period

iii. Steps/breaks – Primary Pathway 45 days Secondary Pathway remains 60 days

iv. Potholes (pathways) – Primary Pathway 45 days, Secondary Pathway remains 60 days

v. Vegetation Clearance Primary Pathway 45 days, Secondary Pathway remains 60 days

Please note all other timeframes will remain the same.

The Road Management Plan will be reactivated Wednesday 1 February 2023 (subject to there being no further natural disasters).

Contact Council's Customer Service team on 5261 0600 or email if you have any questions.

Roadside Slashing Program

As a fire prevention measure, Council conducts an annual rural roadside slashing program(PDF, 133KB) at the end of spring and beginning of the summer. There may be follow up slashing mid way through the summer as well.

Contact Council’s Customer Service team on 5261 0600 if you have any questions about the program.

Road Renewal

We work hard to keep our roads as close as possible to their original condition. For gravel roads this is generally re-sheeting the road with new gravel, and for sealed roads may involve resealing the road surface or reconstructing the road if there is pavement failure. The program does not include any upgrade to the road, such as sealing a gravel road or widening a narrow sealed road. View Council's Road Renewal Program.(PDF, 50KB)

Dust suppression

During the summer period some residents are affected by dust generated by traffic travelling along gravel roads and streets.

To help reduce this nuisance, Council provides assistance to those most severely affected by arranging for the application of a dust suppressant to unsealed roads near homes.

The annual program is undertaken in late December to optimise the effectiveness of the dust nuisance over the summer period. The cost of the current program included 58 sites across the municipality and averaged $3,000/km. It is anticipated that the coming year's budget allocation will support dust suppression on about 25 kilometres of Council’s 500 km long unsealed road network.

In addition to works funded by Council, there are several roads that are treated through a “private works” agreement.

How to apply for your road to be considered for the dust suppression program

Road nominations for this year's program have now closed. If you'd like to have a road considered for the December 2022 program Lodge a Request online or email us via before 31 October 2022. Please include the name and section of the road/street you wish to have considered, your email address and any information about the road and location that you think is useful.

In November each year Council assesses all requests received, taking into consideration the volume, type and speed of passing traffic, and proximity and number of homes close to the road before finalising the dust suppression program for the coming summer.

All residents who have made an application will be advised whether their request has been successful.

If you want to talk to us about your application or want to talk to an officer before making a submission, you can contact Customer Service on 5261 0600.