Monday, June 17, 2024

Toowoomba selects preferred tenderer for dam upgrade project

Toowoomba Regional Council has resolved to move into negotiations with a preferred tenderer for the Cressbrook Dam Safety Upgrade Project.

The project is estimated to cost between $250-$300 million (subject to final design).

Mayor, Geoff McDonald said Council will establish a Project Alliance for delivery of the project with the preferred tenderer once tender negotiations are complete.

“This project is the single-largest project in the history of Toowoomba Regional Council and that is why a Project Alliance delivery model will be established with the preferred tenderer,” the Mayor said.

“Council has resolved to move into negotiations with a preferred tenderer to deliver the project in partnership with Council under a Project Alliance.”

At a Special Meeting of Council yesterday, it was decided that Council:

1.    Resolves based on the Tenders received to award Tender TR-0678 Cressbrook Dam Safety Improvement Project to the preferred Tenderer identified in Attachment 2 contained in the Confidential Report titled ‘Cressbrook Dam Safety Upgrade Improvement Project – Alliance Tender Evaluation Recommendation Report’;  

2.    Approve the Chief Executive Officer to undertake final legal, commercial and value for money negotiations with the preferred tenderer;

3.    Resolves to approve and prioritise funding within Council’s capital works program to meet the risk adjusted project budget as outlined in Attachment 6 contained in the Confidential Report titled ‘Cressbrook Dam Safety Upgrade Improvement Project – Alliance Tender Evaluation Recommendation Report’ over the 2023/24 to 2026/27 Financial Years; 

4.    At the satisfactory conclusion of the negotiations in 2. above, the Chief Executive Officer is delegated authority by Council to enter into a collaborative Project Alliance Agreement (Contract) with the preferred Tenderer; and

5.    Resolves that once the Contract is entered into with the preferred Tenderer, a report on all options for the management of Cressbrook Dam storage during the construction of the Project must be presented to Council for its consideration.

Mayor McDonald said Council would also continue to advocate for Government funding to help deliver the project.

“Put simply, this project, while required to be delivered by TRC, has wider implications than just the Toowoomba Region,” he said.

“It will maintain the integrity of the dam wall during extreme flood events and protect landholders downstream of Cressbrook Dam, along Cressbrook Creek, in the Somerset Regional Council area including Toogoolawah.

“Additionally, Cressbrook Dam is a critical element in the proposed drought emergency water to be delivered to Warwick in the Southern Downs Regional Council via the Toowoomba to Warwick pipeline.

“I’m pleased that Queensland State Minister for Water Glenn Butcher has recently been available to meet with me to discuss the project, and has advised Council to submit a formal business case so the State can consider Council’s request for assistance,” Mayor McDonald said.

The Cressbrook Dam Safety Project will widen the dam spillway to increase flood resilience and protect landholders downstream in the Somerset Regional Council area (Cressbrook Creek, including Toogoolawah).

The project is required as a result of the Queensland Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water’s revision of the Australian National Committee on Large Dam (ANCOLD) guidelines relating to acceptable flood capacity modelling.

Construction will start in late 2023 and must be completed by October 2025.

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