Strathbogie Shire Council has begun early construction works at a number of locations after significant infrastructure damage was identified following last year’s floods.
More than 221mm of rain fell across the region with Strathbogie and Euroa coping the worst of the downpour on December 2 and 3.
The council announced in the following week in December the damage to the shire’s roads, bridges and infrastructure amounted to more than $5million.
A council spokesperson said this week the early works were focused on addressing identified risks to community safety, improving access to properties and to support business activities.
‘‘Construction activity will continue to build over the coming weeks as both major and minor works packages are awarded across the shire,’’ the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the council had appointed project manager GMR Engineering Services, which would survey and design engineered solutions for other significant flood damage to be tendered during March this year.
Mount Wombat ward Cr Alistair Thomson said residents impacted by the infrastructure damage would be relieved to see remedial work getting under way.
‘‘Council staff have undertaken a detailed examination of shire assets, but if residents are aware of flood-damaged infrastructure, and are unsure if the problem has been identified, it is important that it is reported now, before the disaster relief and recovery program expires,’’ he said.
The spokesperson said works undertaken under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Assistance package required the council to follow strict guidelines which included only undertaking works to restore assets to their pre-existing condition.
‘‘Work outside of the guidelines will come under council’s ongoing asset management program and may not proceed until a later date,’’ the spokesperson said.
Peak construction can be expected to take place between March and June this year, with the majority of works to be completed by the end of June.
‘‘Council thanks residents for their patience during the period when assessment was undertaken and disaster relief funding secured,’’ Cr Thomson said.
For any inquiries relating to infrastructure recovery, phone Strathbogie Shire Council’s customer service centre on 1800065993 or email [email protected]