12 June 2013 - Aurecon has recently been engaged by the Gladstone Regional Council for flood restoration work and by the Gympie Regional Council for a flood mitigation study.
“Our solid reputation for not only assisting to rebuild our communities in the aftermath of floods but also for helping to relieve the impacts of floods on our communities, has led to the appointments,” said Chris Russell, Unit Manager for Aurecon’s Brisbane Water Services group.
Client service excellence secures flood restoration work
Gladstone Regional Council has appointed Aurecon for its 2013 flood restoration project and construction management contract.
Severe flooding occurred in the region during January 2013 causing damage to road and drainage infrastructure. Aurecon will assist the council with restoration work, which is expected to cost AUD 70 million and be completed by November 2014.
Aurecon was initially appointed in early 2011 to assist council to restore the major damage to the roads caused by flooding over the 2010/2011 festive period. Council's engineering services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Rick Hansen said that "Aurecon has previously provided flood damage assessment, scoping, funding applications, tender documentation, tender assessment, procurement and construction management services for Council, as required under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA)."
"Aurecon understands the background of previous projects, Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) and NDRRA requirements for funding and the specific requirements of construction within the NDRRA program," Cr Hansen said.
“Our strong working relationship and collaborative approach, combined with our in-depth knowledge and skills on the ground, led Council to appoint Aurecon again to assist in the restoration work caused by the 2013 flooding,” said Aurecon project leader Kent Barnes.
The council last week approved a tender exemption request for Aurecon’s appointment to speed up the repair works.
Aurecon to deliver major flood mitigation study
Aurecon has been engaged by Gympie Regional Council to deliver a flood mitigation study identifying options to relieve the impacts of flooding on local businesses and residents.
The Gympie Regional Council area has a significant history of flooding from the Mary River and local tributary streams. Gympie and its surrounds have experienced at least 16 floods since records were first collected in the 1870s.
Gympie Regional Council’s Mayor, Councillor Ron Dyne, said that Aurecon was “Appointed on the basis of their experience, particularly in business case development relating to flood mitigation, and their methodology particularly with regard to stakeholder engagement.”
“This is a strong endorsement of Aurecon’s flood plain management services, and our proposal was very favourably supported at the highest level of Council decision making,” explains Trinity Graham, Technical Director, Water Services.
A multidisciplinary project team representing Aurecon’s water, economics, community and communications services will examine flood mitigation options that may benefit flood-affected business communities across the council area.
Aurecon’s flood mitigation study will gather information about the costs businesses encounter when they have floodwater through their property or when they are isolated from workers, customers or suppliers, and develop a to develop a business case for flood mitigation works.
“The business case Aurecon develops for this Study will be a critical planning tool for the Gympie Regional Council, helping them to leverage funding from the Queensland and Australian governments for critical flood plain infrastructure and mitigations,” Allan Charteris, Project Leader said.
“The tool will be adaptable for use by other councils in Queensland’s many flood-affected communities."