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Finish line in sight for Regional Flood Recovery Works

30 July 2015

After several years of hard work and adverse weather events, the finish line is finally in sight for Western Downs Regional Council’s multi-phased Regional Flood Recovery Works program, with works associated with repairing the damage from the 2013 flood events completed on budget and ahead of schedule.

Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Councillor Andrew Smith said the next and final stage of the project is already well underway with an expected completion date of April 2016.

“Over the past 12 months more than 430 regional and rural roads across the Western Downs damaged by the 2013 flood events have been restored by Council’s work crews and specialist sub-contractors,” he said.

“With the completion of this phase of Council’s ongoing Regional Flood Recovery Works program, Council is now continuing to rollout restoration works to repair damage caused by 2014 adverse weather events.

“The 2013 flood recovery program saw the winding down of external contractors used for the delivery of projects, and the remainder of the Regional Flood Recovery Works program incorporated into Council’s operational works program.

“This means that the works associated with the final stage of the project will be delivered at a lower tempo and by Council’s work crews. This will ensure internal resources are being optimally utilised to achieve best value for money and the delivery of safer and longer-lasting road assets for our communities.”

Eligible reconstruction works on this project will be funded under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. Under these arrangements, the Australian Government provides up to 75 per cent of the funding, with 25 per cent from the Queensland Government. Council is also providing funding to the program.

For more information on the Regional Flood Recovery Works program visit www.wdrc.qld.gov.au/floodrecovery or call 1300 COUNCIL.