Roads, Driveways & Crossovers

Road Works

The maintenance of the Shire's extensive roads network is a huge task with approximately half of the Shire's Annual Budget allocated towards the maintenance and upgrading of our roads every year.

The Shire's Operations Department oversees this maintenance of our roads which includes sealed and unsealed road maintenance, verge maintenance, tree maintenance, verge spraying, sealed road shoulder grading, verge slashing, drainage maintenance, sign maintenance, etc. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What materials are used for unsealed roads?

In the Shire of Gingin the unsealed road network consists of roads with a variety of bases including gravel, limestone, marl limestone or natural material. 

How often is my road graded?

Generally unsealed road maintenance (maintenance grading) occurs during the wetter winter months (May to August) to reduce costs by reducing the need for water cartage. The Shire does maintain certain gravel roads during the drier months on an as required basis but this is at a much greater cost per kilometre to undertake. 

Essentially if the Shire is able to grade the road with the wetness of the gravel being at optimum moisture content then the Shire can achieve a better blending of material and compaction. This means that the surface lasts longer by reducing the amount of dust generated whilst extending the life of the gravel. Therefore, this increases the re-sheeting interval and reduces the costs for the Shire and by extension, to the rate payer.

Will my road be graded at least once annually? 

Depending on the condition of the road the Shire aims to grade all unsealed roads at least once a year. Some roads will receive more than one grade a year dependent upon traffic volumes and heavy vehicle combinations using the road/s.

How often are the Shire's sealed roads checked for issues? 

Sealed roads are checked regularly for maintenance requirements with the higher usage roads getting checked very frequently and the lesser usage roads checked on a reduced inspection regime.

The Shire therefore does rely on residents/land owners letting us know as soon as you see any maintenance items so that we can address them as they appear before they get too bad.

How often does the Shire upgrade sealed roads? 

Sealed roads are renewed on an "as required" basis. Dependent upon traffic volumes, some sealed roads last for a long time while other less utilised sealed roads may require resealing on a more frequent basis. Sealed roads require traffic to keep the bitumen ‘lively’ otherwise it becomes brittle (like toffee) and requires more regular resealing. Generally the Shire works on a 15-20 year life of sealed asset as a trigger to review the need for a reseal.

Reporting Issues

From time to time issues occur with the Shire's road networks and related infrastructure such as potholes, trees falling over in storms, vandalism, etc. Sometimes these issues may not be noted by Shire staff for sometime if staff are not travelling on the particular road where the damage has occurred.

In these instances we encourage the public to report these issues to us so that they can be assessed by staff and resolved promptly. 

Call (08) 9575 5100, option 7. 

Report it online

Indian Ocean Drive & Brand Highway

These two major roads are managed by Mainroads WA and not by the Shire of Gingin.

Enquiries about these roads (including the reporting of abandoned vehicles and also the rest stop on IOD at Moore River) should be directed to Mainroads WA. 

Call 138 138

Email enquiries@mainroads.wa.gov.au

Hiring Shire Plant/Private Works

Did you know that you can hire machinery (plant) from the Shire of Gingin? All machinery and equipment is wet hire only meaning a Shire operator is also hired to operate the machine or piece of equipment when you hire it. 

A complete list of Plant Hire/Private Works available for hire can be found in the Shire's list of Fees & Charges

Works Request - Private Works Form

Crossovers/Driveways

A crossover is the access for vehicles to your property from the road. It is the section of your driveway between your property boundary and the road. Maintenance and repairs of the crossover are your responsibility as a land owner. You may be liable for any damage caused to the road, kerb or footpath by way of vehicle access to the property during the construction of the crossover.

Crossover Specifications

All buildings and developments approved within the Shire are required to have a crossover constructed to the required specifications set by Council. These specifications can be viewed on the below Information Sheet. Please read them prior to completing your Application Form below and submitting it to the Shire for assessment.

Information Sheet & Application Form for Vehicle Crossover

Vehicle Crossover Construction Diagram

Further Queries

Contact the Shire's Operations Department on (08) 9575 5100, option 7 or email mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

Not what you were looking for?

Try one of the following other pages relation to the Shire's Operations Department and the services they provide for further information:

Heavy Vehicles/RAV Network

Information for Contractors

Standpipes

Street Lighting