Tower Road and Sproat Street, Portarlington - Proposed road construction - Special Charge Scheme 294 - Intention to declare

Friday, 22 May 2020

Tower Road and Sproat Street, Portarlington - proposed road construction - Special Charge Scheme 294 - Intention to declare.

On 12 May 2020, Council resolved its Intention to Declare a Special Charge Scheme to partially fund the construction of road sealing and kerb and channel at 122 to 155 Tower Road and 110 to 128 Sproat Street in Portarlington.

Council intends to declare the scheme at its meeting to be held on 8 September 2020.


How has this Intention to Declare come about?

The proposed road construction works have been developed in response to several residents requesting the sealing of the unsealed section of Tower Road recognising the demand for improved transport infrastructure, in particular to complement recent land development, address road safety and limit impacts from dust to the adjacent properties.

The original request was for sealing of Tower Road only. The opportunity to include the construction of kerb and channel in Sproat Street is considered to complete the transport infrastructure for all properties to current urban standards as requested by the community.


Important to know

The works will provide benefit to the wider community by removing the need to undertake regular grading and drainage maintenance, eliminating dust in summer and mud in winter which impacts road users not included in the scheme.

The scheme has been separated into three project components at a total cost of $382,842.

  • Project 1 – construction of sealed road in Tower Road $199,650
  • Project 2 – construction of kerb and channel in Tower Road $87,966 and
  • Project 3 – construction of kerb and channel in Sproat Street $95,226.

Estimated proposed contributions from property owners is $86,659.15 (22.64 percent) based on an apportionment of cost, with Council’s contribution estimated at $296,182.84 (77.36 percent).


Who can object to this scheme going ahead?

Any person may make a written submission to the Council under sections 163A and 223 of the Act.

Any person who will be required to pay the Special Charge to be imposed by the proposed declaration has a right to object to the proposed declaration and may also make a written objection to the Council under section 163B of the Act.


How can I object to this scheme going ahead?

Written submissions to be submitted to the Council under section 223 of the Act and/or written objections to be lodged under section 163B of the Act must be received by the Council by 5:00pm on Friday 10 July 2020.  Submissions and/or objections must be in writing and addressed and sent by mail to:

Carole Ruiter
Coordinator Revenue Property & Valuations
PO Box 104
GEELONG  VIC  3220

Any person making a written submission under section 223 of the Act is advised that the Council is no longer required to make available for public inspection submissions received in accordance with section 223 of the Act. 

Accordingly, all submissions and personal information in submissions will be handled as authorised or required by law, including under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.


What happens next?

Any person who has made a written submission under section 223 of the Act and has requested to be heard in support of their written submission is entitled to appear in person or to be represented by a person specified in the submission before a Committee appointed by the Council to hear submissions under section 223 of the Act.  The day, time and place of this meeting will be advised in writing after 10 July 2020.

Council will consider any written submissions and take into account any objections in accordance with sections 163A, 163B and 223 of the Act.

If no submissions are received, a report will be prepared to Declare the Special Charge Scheme.


Who can I speak to for further information?

If you would like to speak to a member of staff with questions relating to this scheme, please call Justin Hinch, Coordinator, Infrastructure Planning on 03 5272 5272 or by e-mail at [email protected].





Page last updated: Wednesday, 10 June 2020

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