Bass Coast,

Dust Suppressant Removal Works Begin

Works to return three roads, where dust suppression has failed, to an unsealed state will begin later this month.

Between 2005 and 2007, Bass Coast Shire Council trialled a range of dust suppressant products; however a number of roads with primer seal treatments have since deteriorated significantly.

Weather permitting, works will be undertaken on:

  • Kallay Drive, Pioneer Bay, the week commencing 19 May;
  • Tulloch Street, Dalyston, the week commencing 26 May; and
  • Powlett Street and Daly Street, Dalyston, the week commencing 2 June.

Letters will be sent to affected property owners advising them of the action two weeks before any works begin to return roads to an unsealed surface,

At the Council meeting on 21 August 2013, a management plan was adopted for these roads as part of a long-term management strategy for dust suppression in Bass Coast Shire.

 “The original intention of the primer seal applications was as a dust suppressant treatment only, and because of the minimal surface preparation these works had a limited life expectancy – much like applying a coat of paint to a building without undertaking any repairs to the building’s structure,” Council’s Infrastructure Director, Felicity Sist, said.

“Whilst these treatments have serviced their short term purpose to suppress dust, some have deteriorated significantly and a long-term management strategy for these roads is now required.

 “Residents are likely to get a better level of serviceability with an unsealed road.”