The concrete causeway on Ashburn Road opened to the public in recent weeks. The causeway, designed to enable water to flow over the road in major rain events, will allow residents to continue to use Ashburn Road (where the Eastern Diversion Channel crosses the road) to travel to Roma's Waste Facility when the channel is not in flow.
Council has been undertaking the project since May this year. Once complete the project will include:
- A diversion channel (Eastern Diversion Channel) to the east of Bungil Creek; and
- An extension of the current levee (Western Levee) to the west of Bungil Creek.
Deputy Mayor Jan Chambers, Portfolio Chair for Major Projects said the project has been running to schedule and it is anticipated to finish on time, weather permitting.
"As well as the concrete causeway, the construction of the gabion baskets and reno mattress cages at each end of the Eastern Diversion Channel are well underway and due to be complete in the coming weeks," Cr Chambers said.
"Structural concrete works for the Western Levee are currently underway and scheduled for completion in mid-November, weather permitting.
"This project has been project managed and constructed by Council with the support of a number of local contractors, which is a fantastic achievement for a Council of our size!"
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Palaszczuk Government was proud to fund the project through its Building our Regions program.
"The completion of Stage 2A works will help minimise the future impacts of flooding and safeguard residents and businesses in the community," Mr Dick said.
"Building our Regions continues to deliver real economic benefits for Queensland, with many supply chain opportunities created for local businesses and workers, including 30-plus jobs during the construction phase of this project."
Since the commencement of the works in May 2018, up to October 2018, a total of $1.95 million has been invested into subcontractors, materials and project resources. Of this total, Maranoa businesses have received approximately $1.3 million (or 66% of the total external expenditure) for work completed on site. The delivery model chosen by Council to oversee and directly manage the works has not only enabled control of the scope and budget but also ensured that local spend can be maximised where possible.
Funding for this stage of works has been provided by the Australian Government under the Commonwealth National Insurance Affordability Initiative ($4.98 million), the Queensland Government under the Building our Regions program ($3.09 million) and Maranoa Regional Council ($666,000).
For more information, please contact Council on 1300 007 662.