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Restoration costs slip sliding away

COST BLOWOUT: The Gympie Times reporter Arthur Gorrie checks out the work on Fisherman’s Pocket Rd.
COST BLOWOUT: The Gympie Times reporter Arthur Gorrie checks out the work on Fisherman’s Pocket Rd. Craig Warhurst

SIGNIFICANT cost blowouts in two major flood restoration projects have forced Gympie Regional Council to find an extra $1.2 million.

Fortunately it seems the money is mostly available under federal and state funded disaster arrangements.

A Gympie Regional Council report shows the council had to act quickly as construction delays were said to have been costing about $9000 a day.

The report shows a need for extra materials at Fisherman's Pocket Rd and design problems affecting the more serious case, Mudlo Rd, in the former Kilkivan Shire.

The Mudlo Rd cost increase includes $180,000 for delays, $665,000 for a new design and extra works costs of $137,000, making a total of $982,000.

Acting Mayor Tony Perrett declared an interest and left the meeting, explaining outside the meeting room that he had property along the road.

The report said excavation works on the largest segment of the Mudlo Rd project showed unsound foundations.

"As a result, work ceased on September 5," it said.

"The designers GHD have worked through the options, recommending an extra 4m rock fill embankment, stepped into underlying natural material to underpin the original design."

The costs are still within approved budget limits, but some of the Fisherman's Pocket Rd work may not be within funding guidelines.

Meanwhile, extra battering at Fisherman's Pocket may not save motorists from sliding into the river, especially if they attempt to pull even partly off the river side of the road.

Gympie Times

Topics:  budget council natural disaster



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