Field investigations began at Albert Park earlier this month.
Field investigations began at Albert Park earlier this month.

Aurecon up for Monkland design and levee pre-design deals

LUCRATIVE design contracts for the Gympie levee and Monkland flood route will today likely be given to Aurecon, the consulting engineers who wrote the Gympie region flood mitigation study.

Gympie Regional Council will vote on two recommendations this morning that

Aurecon be awarded the $223,875 contract to design the Monkland flood route through Drummond Drive and Penny Rd, as well as the $478,000 contract for pre-design of the controversial Gympie CBD levee.

Aurecon began field investigations this month in Albert Park, Nelson Reserve and Memorial Park.

Mayor Ron Dyne said in September the pre-design phase of the levee would use State Government funds and would involve a range of assessments and investigations.

Acting Mayor Tony Perrett said yesterday "the predesign engineering investigations are the next step in taking the levee proposal to the detailed design stage".

"The State Government has financially backed council with a strong funding com

mitment to implement flood mitigation options for the Gympie region," he said.

Today's meeting will finalise the design and pre-design contracts.

A report before the council today says Aurecon Australia Pty Ltd has been issued a sole invitation to

carry out the design of the upgrades to Drummond Drive and Penny Rd.

"Note that a sole invitation is acceptable using LocalBuy arrangements, although this would not be council's normal practice for a consultancy of this size," the report says.

"This approach was taken due to the urgent timeframes, Aurecon's prior work on this project and their track record on similar work.

"The tendered price has been negotiated and reasonable discounts included to normal hourly rates. The final negotiated price of $223,875 represents good value to council for the design of this $4.4 million project."

Aurecon was also issued a sole invitation to carry out the pre-design phase of the levee because of the LocalBuy arrangement.

The State Government has provided $1 million for detailed design of the levee. GRC will be required to contribute slightly less than one third of the final design cost.

The next phase of the levee project will be a public tender process for the full design of the levee. This is expected in January 2014.

Gympie Times


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