Wagga City Council staff will spend the next six months compiling a comprehensive report on the region's road network in a bid to discover a solution to the "shocking" pothole crisis.
At the opening meeting of their term, Wagga's nine new councillors unanimously agreed to call for the creation of the extensive report, following a notice of motion from Cr Dan Hayes.
The report must include information on budgets, repair schedules, funding requirements, alternate options for funding, an overview of challenges, and studies into potential new methods or materials to use for repairs.
The state of Wagga's roads was the central topic in the lead up to the council election with many residents fuming at the number of potholes regularly forming on the city's thoroughfares.
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Council's director of infrastructure and services Warren Faulkner said the report will be extensive and will include "a lot of facts, figures, data and information".
"We'll be bringing those figures back to the councillors for their understanding and for the decision making process to be informed for the future," he said.
"We do have a lot of it [the information] already but it's about updating it now because certainly over the last 12 or 18 months the condition of the roads has deteriorated."
The councillors urged the staff to look at how other local government bodies were addressing the problem in other areas and to assess the possibility of Wagga adopting these approaches.
Many issues, including the recent wet weather and the materials used for repairs, were suggested as the potential source of the problem but Mr Faulkner said the issue is primarily financial.
"The problem fundamentally is lack of resources and funding," the director said. "Rate pegging has been a big issue and council can't raise the funds to repair the roads as required."
The Wagga local government area has more than 2300 kilometres of road which vary from the highest and lowest figures on council's road rating scale.
Cr Hayes said the report would be a vital first step in addressing one of the most prominently discussed issues in Wagga.
"This is an issue that can't stay in the boot, it must come to the front of the car, so to speak," the councillor said.
"There's a very clear community expectation for a review into the roads across the local government area ... and those who say 'just spend more money on it', I don't think are being helpful or useful because there are other variables to consider."
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