In the summers of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Australian state of Queensland was hit by cyclones and significant flooding. Queensland’s road network received more damage than any other state government asset, with more than 8,700 kilometres of the state’s road network requiring reconstruction. The budget for the reconstruction works was more than $6.92 billion.
One of Queensland’s worst affected areas was the Fitzroy Region, located within the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Central Queensland Region. Nearly 1,000 kilometres of the 3,500 kilometre state controlled road network in the region was badly damaged, including key tourism, freight and mining routes. The damage bill stood at nearly $1 billion.
Unlike most urban areas, where there are alternate routes, regional areas rely on a few key roads to transport people, goods and materials to support the community and industry. The Fitzroy Region routes are vital to the local, state and Australian economy. It was essential that roads were reconstructed as quickly and as safely as possible to support tourism and enable the movement of agricultural and resource industries around Queensland. All tiers of government agreed that Queensland’s natural disasters had severely impacted the state’s economy and immediate action was required to rebuild and reconnect Queensland.
MWH Global was engaged by the department in late 2010 to deliver contract administration services to rebuild the road network of one of the state’s economic hubs. More than 100 MWH employees partnered with Transport and Main Roads’ staff to work together in Fitzroy Regional Program Offices based in Rockhampton and Emerald.
As a united team, the Fitzroy Regional Program Office managed all aspects of the program’s delivery including construction, procurement, submissions, design, community engagement, surveying, environmental management and safety and traffic management. The project presented many challenges and at the peak of construction there were 15 individual contractors working on more than 50 worksites across the region. MWH and the Department of Transport and Main Roads worked together to effectively manage this vast amount of work and delivered the project on time and within the available budget.
MWH is proud to have made a positive contribution to the Central Queensland community by assisting in upgrading the region’s road infrastructure, building on local skills and capability and contributing to the local economy.
Eligible reconstruction works on this project were funded under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. Under these arrangements, the Australian Government provides up to 75 per cent of the funding, with 25 per cent from the Queensland Government.
Program and asset management
Project and construction management
Strong integrated partnership approach between MWH and client teams.
Project delivered on time and under budget.
Nearly 1,000 kilometres of roads repaired in the Fitzroy Region.