Kyogle works coming together
WORK is well under way on Kyogle's new levee bank, floodway, weir and off-stream storage dam for the drinking water supply.
Kyogle Council's executive manager urban and assets, Graham Kennett, said the levee, capped by a public footpath, and the off-stream storage dam were expected to be completed before Christmas.
But recent wet weather has delayed work on a floodway - shortening the distance between Fawcetts Creek and the Richmond - and an upgrade of the existing Kyogle weir to ease the passage of freshwater fish. Both those projects will likely be finished after the coming wet season.
The head contractor is CivilTeam Engineering which is based in Murwillumbah, with a number of local companies sub-contracted in for various tasks, such as Kris Farrah and his boys from Eden Creek Constructions who are laying down the new concrete footpath atop the levee.
The $7.4m project, funded to a large degree with State Government money, will result in a number of benefits for Kyogle, and in particular the area known as "The Flats", where in 1954 a rush of floodwater caused much tragedy.
Mr Kennett said the council had arranged for design work - through Public Works and MWH - and was "shovel ready" when the funding opportunities arose, benefiting the project and the ratepayers of Kyogle in the process.
The levee is designed to reduce a one-in-100-year flood peak by 200mm and delay floodwaters isolating residents in The Flats until water backing up from the Richmond reaches the new levee bank. This will allow a dry road evacuation route for residents in that area.
The new "turkey's nest" dam will provide 200 mega-litres of drinking water storage.
It is expected to hold 12 months supply of drinking water on restricted demand.