Grading delayed due to low rainfall

Ararat Rural City Council is keeping a close eye on the weather
ensuring they can get started on the municipality’s grading program.

CEO Dr Tim Harrison Said, “The council is aware that many of
the municipality’s gravel roads are in extreme need of grading. The program is due to increase once the weather turns.”

Dr Harrison thanked the community for their patience during this
period. It was said that it was longer than expected.

He said, “We want the community to know that we are keeping a
a very close eye on conditions as we know that there are many roads in need of attention.”

 On average they said it takes around 100,000 litres of water,
(five tanker loads) to allow them to grade the road well. They need the roads soaked or else it is too hard to grade.

“The end result seldom has the same integrity as a road graded
after r

On average they said it takes around 100,000 litres of water, (five tanker loads) to allow them to grade the road well. They need the roads soaked to or else it is too hard to grade.

“The end result seldom has the same integrity as a road graded after rain where the moisture has had ample time to penetrate the surface.”

“With water at a premium, the Council is always mindful of ensuring water reserves are ample for firefighting and stock watering purposes,” He said.

By Tash Ferguson