Lo­cals get flood re­pair work

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.”

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

IN THE LOOP: The Queens­land Re­con­struc­tion Au­thor­ity board meets with North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

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