Members of the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate with GRC Mayor Ron Dyne inspect flood damage repair works along Amamoor Creek Rd.
Members of the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate with GRC Mayor Ron Dyne inspect flood damage repair works along Amamoor Creek Rd. Craig Warhurst

Muster roads fixed up fast

THE towering hoop pines may have been prettier to look at but it was repair work along Amamoor Creek Rd that drew members of the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate to the Mary Valley yesterday.

Chair John Fahey and inspectorate member Martin Albrecht travelled with Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne and director of engineering Bob Fredman to inspect works fast-tracked to ensure the road was ready for last week’s Muster.

Two major slips had occurred along the road during January’s floods, making the Muster sites’ main access route impassable.

Thanks to co-operation from Queensland Reconstruction Authority CEO Graeme Newton, the project was given top priority and was the first “restorative” job approved under the state’s guidelines, Mr Fredman said.

“(Mr Newton) heard about the situation and worked with us for this fantastic outcome,” he said.

Rather than contract out the labour component of the works, which would then have been covered by federal funding, council made the decision to supply the labour themselves to “deliver the outcome much quicker”.

It was a more expensive option Mr Fredman conceded, but that decision was why the work was completed in time.

Funding for other components of the project was approximately 75% federal and 25% state.

The GRC project was put forward recently as a benchmark model by Mr Newton as the first of the prescribed work completed.

It was also the first to come in under budget.

In other words – fast and efficient, Mr Fredman said.

The inspectorate members were accompanied by representatives of the QRA and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.