Southern firm wins dam work tender
A MELBOURNE company has been awarded a Southern Downs Regional Council tender worth more than $1.1 million to carry out safety and stability work at Stanthorpe's ailing Storm King Dam.
Minutes from this week's general council meeting show Geotechnical Engineering's tender was accepted by councillors in a closed-door discussion, with their amount of $1,133,107.81.
The work is a requirement of the State Government, which has ordered upgrades to regional dams across Queensland following reports which show increased rainfall projections in the coming years and decades.
The State Government is expected to pick up 40 per cent of the cost, but ratepayers will still have to carry nearly $700,000 in project costs.
Mayor Ron Bellingham said at a council meeting in October that he "shuddered to think" what the final bill would come in at, but was adamant that council had no choice but to carry out the government's edict.
Councillors at that time voted to seek expressions of interest from qualified engineering firms for the project, with Cr Ross Bartley the only no vote.
The work at Storm King Dam will involve installing permanent rock anchors into the dam wall, to strengthen it against the possibility of collapse if strained in a "one-in-500-year maximum flood".
Valves at the dam were replaced last week by specialist council engineers in preparation for the stability work.
The State Government requires the work to be done by the end of June next year.
SunWater-owned Leslie Dam is due for an upgrade by 2035 and Warwick's Connolly Dam is still being investigated to determine work needed.