Flood repairs cost $48m
SOMERSET Regional Council has sent its Flood Reconstruction Plan to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority detailing $48 million of necessary repairs to 371 public assets.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann described the plan as “sobering reading”.
“This plan details the extensive damage to our roads and assets, the recommended repairs and the cost of repairs – all of which must undertaken before June 30, 2013,” Cr Lehmann said.
“This is an objective plan in the sense that the vast majority of the initial repair estimates and content have been prepared by independent consulting engineers.
“It is not just me saying that this is the level of funding needed to restore local roads which are the economic life blood of our local region.
“We will place the full reconstruction plan on our website to fully inform the community about what is involved in permanently restoring our roads.
“Council will continue working with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to ensure that the issues of our region are properly understood and that the reconstruction is fairly supported by all levels of government,” he said.
Just some examples of the cost estimates for the 371 projects listed in the reconstruction plan are the basic replacement of the Brisbane River bridge on Gregors Creek Road for $4.517 million, pavement rehabilitation of Brightview Road for $1.2 million and restoring 23 river crossings at Mount Stanley district at a cost of $8.95 million.