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Abigroup to repair Townsville's disaster-hit roads

13 May 2011

Abigroup has been named preferred contractor by Townsville City Council to project manage an estimated $50 million of work to rebuild Townsville’s roads damaged in some of the worst natural disasters in recent history.

The contract, which is being funded through the Federal Government’s Natural Disaster Relief Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) program, will involve repairs to more than 760 roads and will range from minor road repairs to full reconstruction and drainage works across the Townsville region.

Abigroup’s North Queensland Manager Gary Inness said, “This program is extremely important to our business and we’re looking forward to working closely with the City Council as we repair Townsville’s road and infrastructure network following the extensive damage that has resulted from extended wet seasons over the past couple of years.

“Abigroup has been a part of the Townsville community for over 17 years and has vast experience as a road builder in the State. This program adds to our road building capacity in North Queensland on the back of other important local projects such as the Townsville Port Access RoadDouglas Arterial Duplication and the Cardwell Range Alliance.

“We’re delighted to be given the opportunity to continue our support of local industry by maximising the volume of work provided to local subcontractors and suppliers as well as potentially utilising the vast experience of the Council’s own workforce.”

The award of contract is for an initial period to 30 June 2012 with an option to extend for an additional one or two years.

Townsville City Council decided to contract out the disaster repair works because of the size and scale of the project.

The Council’s Infrastructure Services director Neil Allen said the council had undertaken a detailed tender process to engage a contractor with a competitive price, proven track record and capability to manage the delivery of the big package of works.

“A very important part of the contract is the engagement of local subcontractors,” he said.

“Abigroup will establish a plan to maximise the involvement of local subcontractors in the work to meet the council’s strong local content policy.”

The decision to appoint Abigroup was announced on 10 May when the Council’s Infrastructure Committee backed a recommendation from a tender evaluation report to award the contract to the company.

The recommendation will go to full council for approval on 24 May and work will begin shortly after that.

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