Mar 22, 2017

Contract action around the regions

Contract action around the regions

Gladstone company Blomfield Excavations has won a $3.4 million contract to complete the first stage of the planned Kirkwood Reservoir project.

Stage 1 of the project involves the creation of 1.2km of access track, bulk earthworks for the reservoir pad and supply and delivery of water mains along the access track.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said he was pleased that the council’s Local Preference Policy had again helped to ensure money spent on council projects was to be retained within the local economy.

“Seventy-six per cent of Blomfield’s tender price consisted of materials and services sourced from within the Gladstone Region, adding up to about $2.6m which will be spent locally,” Cr Burnett said.

“Blomfield’s also have 30 full-time employees based in the region, so this contract is particularly beneficial to the local economy,” Councillor Burnett said. _______________________________________

Construction is set to begin this month on the $7.16 million Moranbah Resource Recovery Centre Expansion and Improvement Project after Isaac Regional Council appointed FKG as managing contractors.

The tender includes the construction of a new Refuse Transfer Station, new 30,000 m2 landfill cell on the existing landfill reserve, storm-water and leachate ponds.

The civil works will include excavating 70,000 cubic metres of soil to be reused on site.

The landfill cell and the leachate pond will be lined to protect the environment from leakage

The Queensland Government is providing $3.58 million for the project through Round 1 of the Building our Regions program, with Isaac Regional Council matching that grant.

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Vella’s Civil Earthmoving civil project manager Michael Novikov with FKG Group project manager Mark Plested, project director Brad Gardner and contracts administrator Karen Reynolds at the Moranbah Resource Recovery Centre expansion site.


Western Downs Regional Council has awarded the tender for works on the $1.96 million Bundi Rd and $1.3 million Greenswamp Rd Bridge upgrades to Chinchilla firm PentaCon.

PentaCon, who are also undertaking the replacement of Burncluith Rd Bridge over Charleys Creek, will commence works to upgrade Bundi Rd and Greenswamp Rd bridges in April and May this year;

Council spokesman for works and technical services Cr Greg Olm said the council’s commitment to using local contractors had seen a number of its large-scale projects awarded to local construction firms.

“The awarding of the works tender for the $3.26 million bridge upgrades to PentaCon is a fantastic outcome not only for them, but also for our community,” he said.

“These strategic upgrades to Bundi and Greenswamp Rd bridges will not only improve the safety and reliability of these well-used local crossings, but they’ll be ‘future fit’ allowing increased traffic and vehicle loads meaning more opportunities to cater for industry and agriculture expansion in the region.

“With the high-quality of construction projects being delivered locally, confidence in contractors across the region continues to grow and that’s exactly what Council’s ‘Buy Local’ policy is all about.”

PentaCon director Vincent Vital said they were thrilled with the outcome of their tender and looked forward to working alongside council to deliver safer bridges for the Western Downs community.

“It’s great that Council are providing local companies like ours opportunities to not only tender for works but also contribute back to our community by awarding contracts to deliver small and large-scale projects locally,” he said.


Cairns City Council’s water and waste committee has recommended that a tender to construct a new clarifier at the Edmonton Waste Water Treatment Plant be awarded to Cairns business LDI Construction, at a cost of $3.7 million.

An additional clarifier will be constructed to ensure safe, reliable and continuous wastewater treatment as demand increases.

It is due for completion in March 2018.


Isaac Regional Council has awarded AECOM Australia a tender to begin work on Clermont’s Sustainable Water Strategy.

“It’s about providing water security and supporting economic growth for Clermont,” Mayor Anne Baker said.

“Council awarded the tender to AECOM Australia to help produce a strategic framework to improve Clermont’s ageing water supply infrastructure.

“AECOM brings a suitably qualified, multi-disciplinary consulting team to undertake the study.

“This study is supported by funding from the Australian Government National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

“Council will commit up to $225,000 that will be matched from the fund, to develop this essential report.”

The feasibility study will have a focus on:

  • evaluating the social, economic and environmental viability of potential new or augmented water infrastructure;
  • and inform investment decisions.

Cr Baker said the council was committed to completing the study by the end of 2017.

The Australian Government National Water Infrastructure Development Fund is an initiative of the Northern Australia and Agricultural Competitiveness White Papers.


Clermont’s Sustainable Water Strategy project team: Isaac Regional Council’s water and sewerage capital works project manager Bruce Waghorn, acting manager water and sewerage Robin Hagen, and director engineering and infrastructure Brian Ashcroft with AECOM project lead engineer Craig Forsyth and associate director Pedro Mendiolea.