Etheridge Shire Council – 2023 DRFA Flood Damage Project Management

Etheridge Shire Council (Queensland) – 2021, 2022, 2023 DRFA Flood Damage Project Management

Project Value: $107M

In response to monsoon and flooding in Northern and Central Queensland from 20 December 2022 to 30 April 2023, the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) were activated for the communities of the Etheridge Shire for a third consecutive time.

Recorded rainfall for this period was 466mm from January 1 to 15 at the Georgetown Airport.

The SHEPHERD Civil and Disaster Recovery Team had only recently concluded project management of restoration works for the 2021 and 2022 events and had just electronically surveyed the completed works with RACAS.  Accordingly, SHEPHERD was able to mobilise to site quickly which was critical to the success of this project.

Project Deliverables:

  • Pre-Event Road Condition Survey using RACAS
  • Engineering assessment of flood damage of entire road and culvert network
  • Submission Building and Lodgement
  • Emergent Works administration
  • Contract Administration
  • Contract Superintendent
  • Project Management of Restoration Works
  • Quality Assurance with Civil Inspectors
  • Claim Management including close out and Acquittal
  • Asset Accountant
  • Gravel Supply technical assistance including lodgement of Gravel Pit/Quarry applications

Proven Results for the 2023 event from RACAS and flood damage pickup in January through to all submissions approved by QRA in September include:

  • Total Claim Value: $67,238,546.12
  • Total Approved Value: $61,142,522.73
  • 1,046km Treatments Approved

Furthermore by utilising RACAS within the DRFA Flood Recovery Pickup Process, Etheridge Shire Council was able to unlock a wealth of data-driven opportunities including:

  1. Data-Driven Maintenance Plans: With RACAS, Council was able to formulate maintenance plans based on comprehensive data gathered during the flood recovery process. Identifying vulnerable areas and assessing critical assets empowering Council to proactively plan for ongoing maintenance, enhancing infrastructure resilience.
  2. Optimised Maintenance/Capital Programs: The amalgamation of RACAS data with SHEPHERD’s expertise enabled Council to optimise maintenance and capital programs. Data-driven decision-making facilitates prioritisation of projects based on real needs, ensuring efficient resource allocation.
  3. Accurate Asset Valuations: Through RACAS-driven assessments, Council can gain accurate asset valuations essential for financial planning, insurance purposes, and long-term infrastructure management.
  4. Insightful Condition Assessments: RACAS enhances the flood recovery pickup process by providing valuable insights into asset conditions post-disaster. This empowered Council to devise proactive strategies for restoring essential public assets.
  • CATEGORIES Civil and Disaster Recovery (DRFA)
  • CLIENT Etheridge Shire Council