Flood studies tenders called for
GLADSTONE Regional Council this week elected to call for tenders to complete flood studies for the Baffle Creek, Agnes Water and Auckland Creek catchments.
Acting Mayor Matt Burnett said the studies were needed because there was limited flood information available about the Baffle Creek catchment and issues with the previous studies completed on the Agnes Water and Auckland Creek catchments.
"It was identified through the development of a new planning scheme that the flood studies were required and it is intended that a single consultant be engaged to complete all three study sites as a stand alone document rather than address them individually," Cr Burnett said.
"Tenders are to be invited by the end of this month at the latest, with the appointment of the successful consultant to be appointed by October 26, 2012.
Cr Burnett said the Baffle Creek catchment flood study was expected to be completed by May 31, 2013 and the Agnes Water and Auckland Creek studies by June 30, 2013.
"The Baffle Creek flood study will be the first to be completed as it is conditional upon a funding deadline," he said.
"A total of $100,000 has been obtained for the Baffle Creek catchment flood study has been obtained through the Natural Disaster Resilience Program with the Federal and State Governments each contributing $50,000," Cr Burnett said.
"However, the funding agreement includes a payment schedule outlining milestone due dates that have to be met for Council to benefit from the funds."
Cr Burnett said Council was required to contribute at least $50,000 to the Baffle Creek catchment study with the Agnes Water and Auckland Creek studies costs to also be met by Council.
"The Agnes Water catchment study was originally estimated to cost $50,000 and Auckland Creek $85,000, but the costs for all three studies are likely to be slightly higher due to the recommendations made by the Queensland Flood Commission and Queensland Reconstruction Authority," Cr Burnett said.
"The recommendations call for each of the flood studies to identify the consequences of flooding at various levels rather than the Q100 level alone as was previously the case, therefore increasing the amount of work and costs involved."