Flood reconstruction from the January flood is expected to cost $70 million.
Flood reconstruction from the January flood is expected to cost $70 million. Tom Huntley

Gladstone flood repair bill expected to hit $70 million

FLOOD reconstruction works in the Gladstone region this year are expected to cost $70 million, and take until November 2014 to complete.

Gladstone Regional Council this week voted to bypass the tender process to allow consultants to assess flood recovery works in the region.

The council approved the request for a tender exemption for consultants Aurecon to carry out assessments.

The company provided similar consultancy work for 2010-11 flood restoration.

"Aurecon has previously provided flood damage assessment, scoping, funding applications, tender documentation, tender assessment, procurement and construction management services for council, as required under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements," Cr Rick Hansen said.

"Aurecon understands the background of previous projects, Queensland Reconstruction Authority and NDRRA requirements for funding and the requirements of construction within the NDRRA program."

Cr Hansen said repairs would most likely be arranged in two stages.

Emergent claims have now been submitted to QRA and are awaiting funding approval.

"Once this is determined council can accurately assess the financial impact of ineligible funding," he said.

"Commencing construction as soon as approved by QRA will lessen the need for council to fund the works in the short to medium term."