Stage one levee construction a step closer

Published: 28 Jun 2017 9:18am

Construction of one of the city’s most important pieces of infrastructure is another step closer.

The Council at Monday night’s ordinary meeting approved staff to enter into discussions with a preferred tenderer to build stage one of the Main City levee upgrade.

Pending the outcome of these discussions, a tender will be awarded and a start date for construction determined.

The report to the June Council Meeting also provided councillors with a comprehensive update on the recent tender evaluation process for stage one of the levee construction.

Stage one consists of two sections – Flowerdale to Wiradjuri Bridge, and, Kooringal / Copland Street roundabout to Wagga Wagga Monumental Cemetery. The second section being, Wiradjuri Bridge to Kooringal / Copland Street roundabout.

“The decision by Councillors for staff to proceed with negotiations is a giant leap forward in delivering this high profile and highly important project to the Wagga Wagga community,” Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM said.

“The levee upgrade will be delivered at a cost of $23M, which is being funded by all levels of government, and will offer a greater level of assurance to Wagga Wagga residents and businesses.

“Pending discussions with the preferred tenderer, residents should start to see works on the levee banks by spring.”

In addition to the stage one construction, a review of the city’s Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan is also underway, with new documentation expected to be complete and adopted by the end of the year.