Roads, Footpaths and Drainage
Blasting in Muswellbrook Shire
All operations in the Muswellbrook Shire Local Government Area that are permitted to blast will typically have an Enviornmental Protection License.
All complaints should be directed to the relevant operation. Contact the Mining operation directly, or the Department of Environment and Climate Change on 131 555.
Current blast notices
- Mangoola Open Cut will be blasting on Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019 at appoxminately 10am - 2pm. Wybong Road will be closed for 15 minutes.
- Muswellbrook Coal will be blasting on Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019 at appoxminately 09:00-17:00.
- Bengalla Blasting Company will be blasting on Friday, 26 Apr 2019 at appoxminately 2pm - 4pm. Wybong Road will be closed for 15 minutes.
Requesting to work alongside a public road
To undertake work/activity on or alongside a public roads or utility service an S138 permit must first be obtained. This includes temporary road or footpath occupancy, such as the installation of a skip bin.
Oversize/Overmass road permits
To obtain a permit to travel in an oversized, overmass, or overdimension vehicle on council roads in Muswellbrook Shire you must first obtain a permit.
About Council Road Resealing Programs
Resealing is applying bitumen and aggregate to the surface of a road.
Resealing maximises the lifespan of the road
Resealing provides a smoother surface, it waterproofs and protects the underlying pavement. Resealing also ensures a dust free, skid resistant surface that enhances safety and comfort for road users.
The resealing process itself does not overcome structural imperfections in the road itself. Although the surface of the road will be greatly improved, resealing a road will not return it to an ‘as new’ condition. This is not the purpose of the resealing process.
Increasing the frequency with which Council reseals roads leads to greater protection of the underlying pavement, which in turn prevents deterioration and maximises the lifespan of the road.
Resealing a road is a bit like painting a weatherboard house periodically through its life. It allows the road to achieve its intended life as it stops the underlying structure of the road from degrading as quickly as it would without the application of the reseal.
Like with your house’s paint, it is only effective to apply a reseal to a surface in sound condition. That’s why it sometimes might look like we are working on a road that is already in reasonable condition. It’s important to understand that this is the purpose of resealing.
Long term, it represents sound economic and engineering practice, and is the most cost-effective solution to maximising the lifespan of our roads.