Council's annual program of maintenance and construction works on gravel roads is scheduled to start on 21 January 2019 and be completed by 30 April 2019.
This year's Gravel Roads Re-sheeting Program will see works on the following roads:
- Abes La (South), Killingworth
- Clarks Rd, Yea
- Coonans Rd, Homewood
- Dairy Creek Rd, Homewood
- Homewood Rd, Homewood
- Killingworth Rd, Killingworth
- Langs Rd, Limestone
- Slavin Rd, Homewood
- Wentworths Rd, Kerrisdale
Click here(PDF, 783KB) to see aerial photos of the sections of road which will be affected by Council's 2019 Gravel Roads Re-sheeting Program.
Council's annual program of maintenance and construction works on sealed roads is scheduled to start on 4 February 2019 and be completed by 30 April 2019.
This year's Sealed Roads Program will see works on the following roads:
- Craigie St, Yea
- Duke St, Yea
- Ghin Ghin Rd, Highlands
- Girdwood Pde, Eildon
- High St, Yea
- High Street, Eildon
- Highlands Rd, Highlands
- Kanumbra-Gobur R, Yarck
- Lyons St, Yea
- Miller St, Yea
- Moyle St, Yea
- Murrindindi Rd, Murrindindi
- Nolan St, Yea
- Oliver St, Yea
- The Parade, Yea
- Wattle St, Alexandra
- Whatton Place, Yea
- Yarck Rd, Yarck
Click here(PDF, 2MB) to see aerial photos of the sections of road which will be affected by Council's 2019 Sealed Roads Program.
Council's program of works on paths and kerbs around the Shire is set to run between February and April 2019.
These works include the renewal of deteriorated pavement on various sections of the footpath network. Where practical, Council will also be upgrading the pedestrian laybacks (concrete pedestrian ramps) to meet Disability Discrimination Act Standards, and addressing drainage and kerb alignment issues as they go.
This year's Path and Kerb Program will see works at the following locations:
- Bayley Street (Path)
- Downey Street (Path)
- Albert Street (Kerb)
- Thom Street (Kerb)
- Villeneuve Street (Kerb)
- Racecourse Road (Path)
- High Street (Kerb)
- Murchison Street (Path)
- Lyell Street (Path)
- Gallipoli Park Track around Oval (Path)
- Whittlesea-Kinglake Road (Path)
- Healesville-Kinglake Road (Path)
- Monarch Close (Path)
- Bollygum Park Path (Path)
- Toolangi Tall Trees Trail (Path)
Click here(PDF, 2MB) to see photos of the sections of path and kerb which will be affected by Council's 2019 Path and Kerb Program.
Council, VicRoads and other agencies share responsibility for a network of approximately 450km of sealed road and 700km of unsealed road within Murrindindi Shire.
Council is responsible for the roadside maintenance of VicRoads controlled roads within the 60km zones of townships. The level of maintenance is determined by the road classification and maintenance standards outlined in Council’s Road Management Plan(PDF, 195KB) and Register of Public Roads(PDF, 2MB).
VicRoads is responsible for maintenance of the following roads and highways:
- Acheron Way
- Broadford/Flowerdale Road
- Buxton/Marysville Road
- Healesville/Kinglake Road
- Heidelberg/Kinglake Road
- Marysville Road
- Marysville/Woods Point Road
- Taggerty/Thornton Road
- Whittlesea/Kinglake Road
- Whittlesea/Yea Road
- Goulburn Valley Highway
- Maroondah Highway
- Melba Highway
For enquiries regarding these roads contact VicRoads on 13 11 70 or visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au.
Council undertakes an annual program of re-sheeting and grading for gravel roads, re-sealing and line marking for sealed roads, and roadside slashing. Roadside slashing maintains line of sight, and visibility of guideposts and road signs. Certain roads are identified in the Municipal Fire Prevention Plan as fuel reduction corridors where fuel loads are reduced by roadside slashing or herbicide spraying.
To request maintenance on a council road please complete a customer request form.
Inquiries regarding the leasing or purchase of an unused road reserve should be directed to the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (formerly DEPI), Seymour office on 5735 4300.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (formerly DEPI) seek confirmation from council if the road is required for public traffic. Council is then required to follow the process of Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 to advertise for submissions. A report is presented to council for a decision to be made and the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning is notified of the outcome. They will then issue a licence to lease the unused road reserve or commence the process of sale of the unused road reserve - whichever is applicable.
Construction of an unused road reserve is at the expense of the property owner. Council requires written advice about why the unused road reserve is to be constructed, plus a plan of the road design.
If construction of the unused road reserve is for the property owner’s own access purposes, the access track needs to be constructed with approval from council engineers. Maintenance of an access track will remain the responsibility of the property owner.
If you wish to construct the unused road reserve to a standard for council to maintain, council’s engineers will set a minimum standard for construction and will require a design to be submitted for approval.
For further information regarding any of the above please contact Council's Infrastructure Assets Department on (03) 5772 0333.
To apply for property information regarding stormwater discharge points and easement drain details:
Allow up to 14 days for processing and for a copy of the council approved information to be returned to you.
To report a problem with stormwater, open drains and/or culverts please complete a customer request form.
For further information contact Council's Development Services department on 5772 0333.
Heavy Vehicle Access on Bridges
Many council maintained bridges feature signs displaying their appropriate carrying capacities. Some specify the weight limit in tonnes, and others are per axle group.
It is the responsibility of all drivers to know the axle loads of their vehicle. If you wish to access a bridge with a vehicle carrying over the posted load limit, you will require permission from council.
Your application should be in writing and include the following details:
- Vehicle specifications
- Reason for needing access
- Name and location of bridge
Forward your request to:
Manager Infrastructure Assets
Murrindindi Shire Council
PO Box 138
Heavy Vehicle Access on Roads
Operators of semi trailers or B-Doubles who require a permit to access local roads are required to apply to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Application forms are available from their website .
Council's Street and Public Lighting Installation Policy(PDF, 117KB) provides a framework for assessing the need for new street and public lighting installations.
Street lighting requests
Council is responsible for paying for the operation and maintenance costs for public lighting. Within main road and highway areas lighting costs are shared with VicRoads. Council has a role in approving all public lighting installations.
Reporting street lighting faults
All standard street lights within public roads are serviced by Ausnet Services and its contractors. If you wish to report a street light fault or outage in a public road, please contact Ausnet using their email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please quote your National Metering Identifier shown on your bill, your name, address and the nature of the fault lighting in public places.
Please note some decorative lighting is owned and maintained by the Council. Any matters concerning decorative lights should be raised with the Council.
Requests for additional street lighting
If you believe additional lighting is required, you can make a request to Council and officers will assess the area and arrange the installation of additional lighting if required.
Requests can be made by reading the Street and Public Lighting Installation Policy(PDF, 117KB) and completing the application form on the last page. Forms should then be emailed to email@example.com including details of the precise location and circumstances.
Complaints about street lighting
In circumstances where an adjoining owner considers that a public street light is causing a nuisance to particular property or persons, a request can be made for an assessment by Council.
Annoying street lighting may be resolved by measures such as moving or redirecting the light or installing a shield to the front or rear of the light. If such measures are agreed by Council, the costs for the works are to be paid by the person who has made the request.
Requests to address street lighting issues can be made by contacting Council’s Infrastructure Assets on: 5772 0333 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To conduct works, such as constructing a vehicle crossing or connecting to a drain, within a Murrindindi Shire Council road reserve you must first apply for Council consent by submitting the relevant form. Please select the appropriate form below and submit to Council in hardcopy or by email to email@example.com at least 5 days prior to scheduled works. Fees do apply and are outlined in the below table.
Utility works within a road reserve(PDF, 259KB)
Non utility works within a road reserve(PDF, 242KB)
||Works other than minor works
||On roadway, shoulder or pathway
||Not on roadway, shoulder or pathway
||On roadway, shoulder of pathway
||Not on roadway, shoulder or pathway
|Other roads, speed over 50km/h
|Other roads, speed under 50km/h
Examples of application fees:
- Minor works not on roadway, shoulder, pathway ($88.90)
e.g. water tapping, sewer connection, drainage connection.
- Minor works (not affecting more than 8.5m2) on roadway, shoulder or pathway ($88.90)
e.g. driveway crossing, sewer, water, electrical, or telecommunication trenching works etc.
- Works not on roadway, shoulder, pathway with road speed <50km/h ($137.70)
Sewer, water or electrical, or telecommunication trenching works etc. - (typically > 100m of trenching).
- Works (affecting more than 8.5m2) on roadway, shoulder, pathway with road speed <50km/h ($137.70)
Crossing, Sewer, water or electrical, or telecommunication trenching works etc.
- Works not on roadway, shoulder, pathway with road speed >50km/h ($348.00)
Crossing, Sewer, water or electrical, or telecommunication trenching works etc. - (typically > 100m of trenching).
- Works (affecting more than 8.5m2) on roadway, shoulder, pathway with road speed > 50km/h ($638.30)
Sewer, water or electrical, or telecommunication trenching works etc
Sometimes council will levy special rates or special charges. These are different from general rates and charges because they are levied for particular works or services and they are levied on a limited number of ratepayers.
The Local Government Act enables councils to levy a special rate, a special charge (or a combination of these) to help pay for any council service or activity that will be of special benefit to a particular group of property owners. A "special benefit" is a benefit that is additional to, or greater than, the benefit generally available to other people.
Common examples of special rates or charges include schemes for constructing footpaths, roads, kerbs and channels or drains; and arrangements for providing services like promotion, marketing or economic development (eg for commercial businesses).
While a council may set a special rate or charge for almost any type of activity that the council undertakes, it is limited by provisions of the Act which require special rates and charges to be levied in proportion to special benefits. Before a council proposes a special rate or charge, it must estimate the proportion of the benefits of the proposed works or services that will be of benefit to the people who are liable to pay.
For example, before a council proposes a special charge for a road construction scheme it will calculate what share of the benefits of the road construction will provide for the adjoining properties (improved drainage, reduced dust, better access, etc) compared with general benefits to other people (eg other drivers using the road). The council will limit the total proportion of costs to be paid by all the property owners to their combined share of the benefits.
The council will also set criteria to determine how the rate or charge will be apportioned between the affected ratepayers. Understanding the way a special rate or special charge is apportioned can be complicated. Refer to Council's Policy for more detail.
The main provision allowing councils to levy special rates and charges is in Section 163 of the Local Government Act 1989.