By Jackson Russell
A new street will be built around Beveridge Primary School’s new west campus to help ease congestion, but Mitchell Shire Council will foot a $1.2 million bill to pay for it.
While originally planned to be co-funded with the developer, the cost has reduced from $1.9 million to $1.2 million and will be entirely funded by the council.
The 315-metre road will be an extension of the existing Patterson Street, stretching from the estate’s main thoroughfare Lithgow Street north to Plume Street.
The west campus in the Mandalay estate is currently home to 220 students between grades three and six, with a capacity of 550.
But the site can also accommodate an additional 500 students through portable buildings.
A council officer report said the primary school was located on an active growth front within the Mandalay Estate, where the local road network is still incomplete and presents some concerns for the safe and efficient movement of school aged children and vehicle traffic.
Councillors unanimously approved of the new funding structure at last week’s council meeting.
South ward councillor Rob Eldridge said the road was a much-needed piece of infrastructure.
“The growth of this area ensures this street would’ve become gridlocked in the not too distant future so I fully endorse the recommendation. I think this is a great opportunity to show what we expect in a new area,” he said.
North ward councillor Bill Chisholm said the project was an example of how council could work effectively with other government agencies.
“It’s important that council works in with other agencies and deliver the infrastructure in a combined way,” he said.
“This is a good example of how council works with other government departments to deliver and it’s good to see that funding for the primary school and to see council combine in with the primary school.”