The Balranald Shire Council in conjunction with the NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) maintains a significant network of roads throughout the Shire encompassing regional, main and local roads.
Council aims to maintain the existing road network in good condition with the financial resources available and to improve existing surfacing wherever possible.
Balranald Shire Council welcomes input and feedback from residents and ratepayers regarding the road system. The Shire can be contacted during business hours for more information on 03 5020 1300.
ROAD CONDITIONS & MAINTENANCE
Road conditions and closures can change regularly due to weather conditions. Motorists are advised to travel according to the road conditions at all times, and please refrain from travelling on closed roads. Balranald Shire Council appeals to all drivers planning to travel within the Shire area to assist in preventing damage to the unsealed roads by choosing an alternative route or waiting until drier conditions prevail when wet weather occurs. Flagrant and irresponsible disregard for this appeal could lead to prosecution to the full extent of the law. Appropriate warning signage exists at key locations.
To check current road conditions within Balranald Shire Council please contact
- Balranald Engineering Coordinator on 0427 273 741
- Balranald Shire Council office on 03 5020 1300 (during business hours – Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 5.00pm)
- Balranald Visitor Information Centre on 03 5020 1599 (during business hours – 10am to 4pm)
Road Closures – Surrounding Shires –
Maintenance on Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Roads
The Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) completes maintenance works on roads on a regular or as needs basis, and forwards a report of current and future maintenance for our (South West) region. The report is to advise residents and travellers to these areas of changes to traffic conditions, including some delays.
To view current maintenance (road works) located within or close to the Balranald Shire, please click on the following link(s)
To view Current maintenance works on Swan Hill Bridge – restrictions and closures which may affect you or your business.
Currently the bridge is closing from 11pm – 6am Sunday – Thursday evenings – please click on the following link for further information.
letter Swan Hill Bridge vehicle restrictions
For a complete list of all current RMS maintenance (road works) for the South West Region please click on the following link(s)
For NSW related road works, please click on the link to be directed to the Live Traffic web update https://www.livetraffic.com/desktop.html
Please note, not all roadworks appear on Live Traffic.
There is also a Live Traffic app to download if you would like to follow NSW road updates.
Please click on the link to be directed to the RMS live traffic website for live updates, traveller information and personalised alerts for NSW roads: https://www.livetraffic.com/desktop.html
The Sturt Highway links east with west through both the townships of Balranald and Euston. State Highways are traditionally maintained by NSW Roads and Maritime Services however, Council have an interest in maintaining the verges and incidents such as pollution, fire, traffic and other hazards should be reported to Council immediately who will liaise with the RMS.
Travelling motorists should note that there are approximately eight (8) rest areas along this section of highway providing adequate off road parking, two of which (Meilman and Lake Benanee) have toilet facilities. Both the Yanga Lake and Lake Benanee parking areas have direct access to their respective lake foreshores. Caravan parking and camping areas are available.
Roads / General Maintenance
Council undertake the following regular maintenance programs:
- Regular street sweeping on a monthly basis in both Euston and Balranald
- Grass slashing of all roadside verges during times of excessive growth
- Roadside weed spraying on an as required basis
- Routine maintenance of footpaths
- Gravel surface maintenance grading of local unsealed roads is undertaken generally on a biannual basis
Motorists should look out for appropriate signage indicating works underway ahead and any dangerous condition identified can be reported directly to Council on 03 5020 1300.
Rural Property Addressing
Council has adopted the rural address number system in accordance with the Australian Standard. These rural property addresses are displayed via the number on a white metal post adjacent to the property entrance. All emergency services are supplied with a comprehensive document for ease of locating properties. If you have any enquiries regarding rural addressing, street or road signs, or business and tourist directional signs please contact Council.
Driveway Cross Overs
When installing any driveway crossover from the road to the property boundary it must be constructed to a standard acceptable to the Council and suitably reinforced for the weight of vehicles entering the property.
Consultation with the Council Engineering Department is necessary prior to construction.
Street trees within Balranald Shire are community property and it is an offence to damage or remove one. Any concerns relating to street trees should be addressed to the Council who will investigate the issue and take any appropriate action.
Proposals for pedestrian access improvements are contained in Council’s Pedestrian Access and MobilityPlan and may be viewed at Council’s offices.
Road Opening Permits
When is a road opening permit required?
When a plumber, builder or member of the public needs to dig or under-bore in the road reservation. Common reasons for requiring a Road Opening Permit are:
- service connections
- storm water connections
To ensure no existing underground services are damaged, you must complete a “Dial Before You Dig” application by calling 1100 or by going to the “Dial Before You Dig” website www.1100.com.au, then investigate with Council staff as to locations of other services i.e. water and sewer mains, then accurately locate and protect any existing services before commencing work.
When does the application become a permit?
The application becomes a permit when:
- the completed application form has been lodged at Council together with payment of fees
- the permit has been signed by the authorised Council Officer and
- a permit number has been provided by Council
Fee’s for road opening permits can be found in Council’s Revenue Policy 2017-2018
Conditions of road opening and restoration fees
- The applicant must comply with the conditions of road opening, the specification and pay the restoration fees, as shown attached to the Road Opening Permit.
Please ensure you supply all required supporting documentation with the completed application, and direct further queries to Council on 03 5020 1300.