Local company awarded $6 million levee contract

Published: 25 Jan 2023

A Mackay company has been awarded a $6 million tender for construction of a levee wall to complete a “missing link” on the northern bank of the Pioneer River.

The reinforced concrete blockwork and earth levee and associated works, such as culverts and drainage, will be built between Valetta Gardens and Kay Court.

An earth levee was constructed along the northern bank as part of the Valetta Gardens and Rivers Edge subdivisions.

But that left a “missing link” of about 800 metres between the subdivisions and Ron Camm Bridge.

An ordinary meeting of council today awarded the $6.13 million contract to Vassallo Constructions Pty Ltd.

The project received grant funding from the Australian Government.

As part of that funding agreement, construction must be completed by the end of June 2024.

Mayor Greg Williamson said two tenders were received for this important levee project.

“The panel assessment of the tenders determined that Vassallo Constructions have the expertise to deliver the works as required and provide the best value for money to council,’’ he said.

“They have managed projects in the Mackay region up to $100 million and committed to looking locally first when employing people for these projects.”

Mayor Williamson said the levee would assist Mackay’s resilience to riverine flooding.

“It is fantastic to see that this missing link will be completed over the coming 18 months,’’ he said.