Contractors sought for flood works

WESTERN Downs Regional Council is calling for tenders from civil contractors to start the mammoth task of 700 flood reconstruction projects in the region.

Spokesperson for Works and Plant Councillor Ian Staines said the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) has approved funding for a large number of the Council projects to restore flood ravaged roads.

"The estimated flood damage to the region's infrastructure is about $90 million with a large proportion of that in Council's road network," Cr Staines said.

"Council has already received approval from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority for over $60 million worth of reconstruction projects to be completed and we expect to have the remaining projects submitted for approval by early February.

"We have begun the process to establish a panel of civil contractors to assist in the delivery of these works throughout the region."

Cr Staines said that while some works have already been completed and are continuing, residents should expect to see an increase in activity.

"Since the floods last summer, the conditions of many roads throughout the region has caused some angst, but we have worked collaboratively with the QRA to cover our vast road network to be able to assess and approve in excess of 700 roads to be reconstructed," he said.

"Our aim is to deal with the high priority roads first to ensure an even spread of projects is undertaken throughout the region.

"We are calling for tenders and intend to have the contractors on board around early March to get that work started."

Cr Staines said Council will be holding a briefing session for contractors in Chinchilla on Thursday, January 19, to provide information on the flood reconstruction delivery arrangements.

"Council is keen to establish good relationships with local contractors to deliver these works across the region and we encourage interested contractors to attend the briefing to find out more about the targeted projects," he said.

"We believe given the number of projects, the substantial resources required, as well as the distance and extent of the works that the total flood reconstruction effort will take about two-and-a-half years to complete.

"Under the QRA's reconstruction program, the projects are required to be completed within 18 months, however the agency would consider an extension of time for a further 12 months if we need it."