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Western Downs Regional Council defends $1.2m road bill

JUSTIFIED BILL: Contractors complete work on Patrick St. The stretch was resurfaced due to issues with the quarry material
JUSTIFIED BILL: Contractors complete work on Patrick St. The stretch was resurfaced due to issues with the quarry material Will Hunter

THE Western Downs Regional Council has defended a $1.2 million bill to fix Dalby roads that were repaired only months ago.

Councillor Andrew Smith has said it was an insignificant cost of Operation Road Restore, a joint State Government and council initiative to repair flood-damaged roads.

"Having a look at that number, initially it's a bit scary," Cr Smith said.

"But considering the program and the dollars that have been spent, it's not a significant cost.

"I don't want to play it down, but it has to be looked at in terms of the whole project."

The council received $30million from the NDRRA for the flood reconstruction works in Dalby last year.

However, in May, the WDRC traced pavement stress on Wood, Edward and Bunya Sts back to an earlier rock blast at Jimbour Quarry. Seams of expansive fine clay material were concealed within the basalt rock.

Cr Smith said the council had implemented a new gravel process and quality assurance measures to prevent any future issues.

"It has come at a cost to the council," he said.

"That issue alone is associated with product from our quarry. We've dealt with those issues."

A portion of the $1.2million price tag was previously budgeted for under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements funding.

"When we recognised the problem, it was prior to the seal on Edward St," Cr Smith said.

"(The council) put a sacrificial seal on until we found a solution. Otherwise we would have had dirt roads through town.

"I know it may seem as though it's dragged out, but that is the program we put in place once we found a solution."

The WDRC budgeted $6million towards additional complimentary works. Operation Road Restore is on track to be completed by March next year.

Topics:  dalby, roadworks, western downs regional council, wood st


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