Plans for uncertain future

A JOINTLY-funded Coastal Storm Tide Study covering the coastline from Winfield to Buxton has found the ideal tender to undertake the analysis.

One of Australia’s biggest environmental consultants, BMT WBM, was yesterday voted in the Bundaberg Regional Council meeting to undertake the study with their $149,295 quote.

Although councillor Alan Bush voiced concerns that council was not spending money on information that was already freely available, his worries were alleviated.

“It’s a more localised approach for more accurate storm-surge mapping,” Bundaberg Regional Council director of planning and development services Andrew Fulton said.

“There’s a fair bit of work taking place on storm surge and the effect of climate change.”

Mr Fulton said as the document was prepared council would co-operate with state agencies to ensure consistency.

“This will all be tied up to those emergency situations as well,” council chief executive officer Peter Byrne said.

A Natural Disaster Risk Management Study was originally approved by Burnett Shire Council, but since amalgamation council sought and gained approval to extend the coastline in the study.

Of the six companies that submitted prices in their expression of interest, BMT WBM was the second lowest quote at $149,295.

Council’s selection criteria rated BMT WBM highly in a number of categories, topping the time performance check and ultimately rating as the top company for the job.

Council’s contribution of $40,000 to the project has been provided this financial year, with another $10,000 required in the 2010-2011 budget. The proposed contract period spans over two budgets.

Ratepayers can breath easy though, with funding for the project equally split between council, the Queensland State Government and the Australian Government.

The council report recommended BMT WBM prepare a report and working model for the study.

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