The devastating flooding event of December 2010 / January 2011 saw significant loss of life and caused severe damage to property and public assets.
1 080 km (77%) of 1 400 km damaged
40 of 48 bridges damaged
512 of 2 500 culverts damaged
192 of 330 floodways damaged
More than 1 000 cars destroyed
119 homes damaged/destroyed
11 of 197 Council building damaged
Lockyer Valley Regional Council created the Community Recovery Team to undertake community recovery activities, and the Infrastructure Restoration Unit (IRU) to respond to the planning, management and support of the estimated $280 million infrastructure recovery and restoration tasks.
Funding the restoration
Council’s Infrastructure Restoration Unit oversees the $280 million recovery effort. This cost is a major variation to Council’s normal $20 million infrastructure program which Council still needs to continue.
Council is eligible for restoration funding under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) – a joint Federal (75%) and State (25%) government initiative.
Restoration works are not funded by ratepayers.
Prioritising the Infrastructure Restoration Program
This restoration effort is the largest recovery response in the region’s history. With more than 500 local roads and 40 bridges to repair, the schedule of works is long with bus routes and arterial roads high on the priority list.
Roads are restored in order of their usage with major arterial roads treated first, followed by minor collector and local access roads. Matters considered in establishing priorities also include:
- Bus routes
- Community connectivity
- Connectivity for business and industry
- Risk (weather events)
- Community consultation
- Safety and Access
Council encourages the community to contact us if they are concerned a road is becoming unsafe or inaccessible.
Infrastructure Restoration Program
Subject to NDRRA funding, Council is expecting to continue its Infrastructure Restoration Program for about 300 flood damaged roads this financial year.
To secure NDRRA funding, Council must follow the NDRRA guidelines including categorising the disaster recovery into three phases:
Phase 1: Counter Disaster Operations (Recovery)
Phase 2: Emergent Works
Phase 3: Restoration of Essential Public Assets
Currently, Council is in Phase 3: Restoration of Essential Public Asset. As of June 2012, the status of the Infrastructure Restoration Program is as below:
- $80 million spent in repairs and restoration of local road infrastructure
- 150 projects on Council maintained roads largely completed
- Many floodways completed in preparation for 2011/2012 wet season
- Replacement process completed for 4 bridges
Current and Upcoming Restoration Works Program*
Due to the recent weather events of 2013, resources for this restoration schedule have been redirected to ensure the safety and accessability of our community. Following these emergent works, the 2011 Flood Restoration Program is expected to recommence.
Environment, Health and Safety
Council’s priority is to undertake all restoration activities while protecting the health and safety our community, motorists, contractors and our environment.
Restoration works are undertaken with controls in place to ensure this objective is achieved. While all restoration works are monitored to ensure the safety of all concerned, the community can participate and reinforce our commitment by adhering to traffic management controls at the various work locations.
All contractor’s environmental, health and safety performance is reviewed prior to contracts being awarded. All work sites are inspected regularly.
Council works with contractors to ensure safe systems of work are used and to identify continual improvement based on feedback from all parties, including the community.
Spoil and waste management
It is estimated that 70,000 cubic meters of spoil will be generated from flood restoration works.
Council is employing several strategies to manage this spoil:
- Engineering design to remove waste being generated
- Establishment of storage areas for future use within the community
- Use of spoil by private landholders where permitted under planning
- Use of spoil to regenerate land, ie. waste landfill sites, quarries
All works include environmental controls to protect water-ways, protected species of flora or fauna, weed transfer, dust and noise.
Under the Local Government Act 2009, Council must have a procurement policy, based on the following ‘sound contracting principles’:
- Value for Money
- Open and effective competition
- The development of competitive local business and industry
- Environmental protection; and
- Ethical behaviour and fair dealing
Council’s contractor selection process is designed to encourage the main contractors to engage local sub-contractors and suppliers.
All Infrastructure Restoration Program contracts utilise AS2124-1992 or AS 4300 – 1995 General Conditions of Contract.
It is a requirement under the Local Government (Finance, Plans and Reporting) Regulation 2010 to publish all contracts over $100 000 that are awarded by council. Click here to view a current lists.
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“The Lockyer Valley community has been devastated by one of Australia’s worst natural disasters in history. The road to recovery will be long. We will work together and we will see this through. In the end, we will emerge a stronger and more united community,” Mayor Cr Steve Jones.
The Lockyer Valley Community Recovery Reference Group was established in May 2011 where Council and community representatives discussed issues regarding the restoration works.
Council believes the support from the local community is essential to the success of the flood restoration works and welcomes all feedback. Council is committed to maintaining a consultative and informative relationship with the community.
Community information sessions, media coverage and personal communications are conducted by Council to ensure the community are informed of any restoration works in their area.
For media releases, click here.
Should you require any additional information regarding flood restoration work in the region, please Contact Us