In November 2016 West Wimmera Shire Council (WWSC) gathered a team of specialists to project management the impacts of the Victorian Floods and Storm Event September-October 2016 on the West Wimmera Shire infrastructure.
Since commencing, the project team has logged 2850 kilometres of the roads and drainage network, identifying over 6000 defects across the 9,107 square kilometres of the Shire.
Damages are met by the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery fund (NDRRF) if they meet compliance and eligibility requirements. Engineering assessment of the Shire's identified sites is progressing with over 600 sites assessed and submitted to Victoria Treasury and Finance for Federal funding. Submissions to date total $7.6M.
All of the funding is vested in local contractors, where-ever possible, to restore the community's road infrastructure.
West Wimmera Shire Council has engaged predominantly local contractors to deliver these works including two civil construction crews, haulage crew, concrete and culvert crew, and arborist to clear debris from the roads and drainage networks. Work has been completed on 85 sites to restore essential public assets to pre-existing condition as part of this project. The project timeline is scheduled for completion in March 2018.
Current engineering design standards are considered in the assessment of each site and Council is working closely with government and regulators on cost sharing arrangements for any betterment or upgrade deemed necessary and approved by Council as funding is only eligible for reinstatement of essential public assets to pre-existing condition. Roads that are scheduled for works in the immediate future include Sims Road, Lous Road, Eales Road, Dixons and Pahls Road, Charam Wombelano Road, Caldows Road, J McDonalds Road, E Sambells Road, Hassall Road, Clutterbucks Road, Ken Finchs Road, Patricias Road, Jim Burns Road, Scrubby Lake Road, Johnsons Road, Johnsons Extn Road, and Radiata Road.
There is currently a Specialist Bridge and culvert engineer assessing in excess of 30 major bridges and culverts to determine post flood impact assessment and revised load limits which will form a submission for eligible damage directly related to the disaster event.
The total damage to the West Wimmera Shire Council Infrastructure from this declared natural disaster event is estimated at $12 – 14 Million.
With respect to community building assets Council is required to fund the majority of these repairs through insurance mechanisms as community assets are not funded under the NDRRF funding arrangement.
To help our community keep in touch with works as they progress, the Flood Recovery Team provide weekly updates on the WWSC Facebook Page and website.
Formal reports are provided weekly and monthly to Council as well as monthly compliance and financial reporting to Victoria Treasury and Finance. The works are audited regularly by the regulators representative VicRoads and communication lines between Council, Treasury and VicRoads is a daily occurrence.
On request from VicRoads West Wimmera Shire Council has provided advice and guidance to Loddon and Hindmarsh Shire councils with respect to first principle unit composition by activities, reporting, compliance and delivery another example of collaborative work environments between Regional Local Governments.
The Flood Recovery Team thank industry and residents of the shire for their patience during the reconstruction process and encourage everyone to drive to prevailing road conditions and observe speed limits and warnings especially within designated work sites.
For further information contact the Flood Recovery Team | 03 5585 9900.
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