Enhancing our water supply
IN THE 2016/17 financial year the Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) spent approximately $41.9 million in major and minor construction across the Gladstone region with another $9.5 million expected to go to market in the 2017/18 financial year.
GAWB owns and operates Awoonga Dam on the Boyne River along with a network of delivery pipelines, water treatment plants and other bulk water distribution infrastructure in the Gladstone region.
The major project currently in the works for GAWB is the Offline Water Storage Facility, which is a small dam being constructed in a valley at the Toolooa Bends (O’Connell), adjacent to the existing 50ML concrete reservoir.
GAWB chief operating officer John Tumbers said the need for the facility is based around maintenance at Awoonga Dam and security of Gladstone’s water supply.
“GAWB supplies water from Lake Awoonga and depending on the season 60% to 80% of that is raw water direct to industry and the remainder is treated and supplied to the Gladstone Regional Council who then sell it on to residents,” Mr Tumbers said.
“The Offline Water Storage Facility will provide two weeks of water supply in the event of unforeseen circumstances, particularly around storm season, as well as allow us to do major maintenance works at Awoonga Dam where the infrastructure is approaching the 30-year-old mark and we need to shut it down for more than five days to perform the work.”
Construction of the Offline Water Storage Facility was awarded to Gladstone firm Golding Contractors who began works earlier this year, with a scheduled completion of October 2018.
“GAWB’s overall capital program commitment this financial year is approximately $35 million, with $20 million tied up with Offline Storage Facility and the remainder to be spent on other smaller projects across the Gladstone water supply network,” Mr Tumbers said.
“GAWB anticipate a combined total of $9.5 million to go to the market this financial year.
“This comprises of a projected $5.5 million in major construction for a new fish hatchery, works on the Kirkwood Pump Station and corrosion protection for Curtis Island reservoirs.
“Of the remainder, $3 million will go to minor construction and maintenance across the GAWB water supply network and another $1 million in front end engineering and design for future capital works.”
Mr Tumbers will be highlighting future GAWB projects at the GEA Industry Conference on October 12.
He said GAWB’s goal is to support local companies tendering for work. His best advice for those submitting tenders is for them to provide a concise explanation of capability and answer the tender questions as if GAWB knows nothing about the business.
“I’ll be talking about GAWB’s up and coming projects as well as our customer and community engagement for our 2020 price reset,” he said.
“Water prices are reset every five years and we are working on that now; a large input of that is our capital works program.
“We’ve been working with the community to identify where GAWB could increase liveability in the Gladstone region by adding value to either our infrastructure or potentially implement one-off projects.”
The (facility) will provide two weeks of water supply ... — GAWB chief operating officer John Tumbers
MAJOR PROJECT: GAWB chief operating officer John Tumbers says there are plenty of opportunities for contractors in upcoming works.