Locals get flood repair work
NORTH Burnett contractors will be busy with flood restoration work, after the council allocated up to 10% of flood reconstruction work to the region’s contractors and council’s workforce.
The council’s director of technical services Ken Palmer said itwas critical to get North Burnett contractors involved.
“We think there will be more than enough work for local contractors,” Mr Palmer said.
“A lot of local contractors are worried there will not be enough work for them, we are the opposite and are worried there won’t be enough local contractors.”
The council lodged $101 million of flood restoration submissions to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority – $40m has been approved.
Another $15m worth of submissions will soon be lodged with the authority.
It’s a hefty sum for the region.
The council’s total annual budget is usually only $35–$40m.
Chairman of the authority’s board, Major General Richard Wilson, said the council was well placed with its reconstruction progress.
“It’s great you have learned the lessons from 2011 and are putting them in place after the 2013 flood,” he said.
“You have clearly well-developed plans with a timeline.
“That’s a real positive.”
IN THE LOOP: The Queensland Reconstruction Authority board meets with North Burnett Regional Council.