Bundaberg firm awarded contract to design flood evacuation routes for North Bundy
A BUNDABERG engineering firm has won a State Government contract to develop preliminary designs to improve evacuation routes for North Bundaberg in the event of a flood.
The State Government has awarded local firm Harrison Infrastructure Group and two internationally recognised companies contracts to develop preliminary designs under the Bundaberg 10-year Action Plan.
Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said Harrison Infrastructure Group had won the contract to develop preliminary designs to improve evacuation routes for North Bundaberg, including access to the Don Tallon Bridge.
HIG project manager Rod Leach said his Bundaberg team was proud to have won the contract. to help reduce the city's flooding problem.
Mr Leach said he would explore the option of improving the North Bundaberg evacuation routes and reduce reliance on emergency services in the area.
"We have local residents with a full understanding of local conditions who lived through the last floods,” he said.
"These locals all have extensive engineering history including planning and designing previous flood mitigation projects to improve evacuation times for residents.”
HIG will employ a team of five local planners and designers along with the company's engineers and drainage specialists from Toowoomba and Rockhampton.
"There will also be jobs for 14 Queensland based sub-consultants who will work on geo-technical, structural and environmental components of the project,” Ms Donaldson said.
"I'm proud to see the options in the action plan moving forward, using a local firm and creating local jobs to solve a local problem.”
The proposed Bundaberg East levee and mitigation works will be done by CDM Smith, with managing director Stuart Richardson, saying he is keen to listen the community.
SMEC has won the contract to investigate the upper flood plain evacuation improvements to stop the areas of Goodnight Scrub, Morganville, Pine Creek, Givelda and Electra being cut off during a flood.
For more information visit: www.qld.gov.au/bundabergactionplan