HAVE you got a road or footpath you've been asking Orange City Council to fix?
Residents will be able to find out which roads and footpaths are on the council's hit list this financial year at a public workshop on Tuesday night, as well as what is planned for the next four years.
The workshop, which will also provide an insight into how prioritising decisions are made, will be held at the council chambers from 6pm until 8pm.
Councillor Jason Hamling has been asking to have the forum for some time because it was a contentious issue at the last election.
"When a lot of councillors got on council, they realised what the council was doing so it's time everyone knows what's going on," he said.
Cr Hamling said the forum was also an opportunity for residents to question priorities and continued funding, plus put forward alternatives.
"It's about having that discussion about whether we need to put in more funding or whether it's steady as she goes," he said.
Given how dry it's been, it's hard to cast your mind back to 2016 where we had record rainfall three out of four months.Mayor Reg Kidd
Mayor Reg Kidd said for the past three years, the council had focused on roads and then footpaths with extra funding.
"You will be able to see on Tuesday exactly what we did with that funding and the difference made," he said.
"Given how dry it's been, it's hard to cast your mind back to 2016 where we had record rainfall three out of four months."
He said the rain wreaked havoc on the road network.
"It was all people were talking about [so] council responded by allocating record funding," he said.
"We added several kilometres to our footpath network and we've begun replacing asphalt footpaths around the CBD with concrete paths," he said.
Orange City Council infrastructure policy committee chair and deputy mayor Sam Romano said council staff prioritised work based on an asset management system, where staff physically checked the state of a road or footpath, graded it, recorded it and monitored it.
"When it comes to scheduling upgrades, the condition of the asset is taken into account, but also how often that road or footpath is used, its location, what type of public infrastructure is nearby, as well as the community expectation and community requests," he said.
Cr Romano said staff also took into account future demand.
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