12 December 2017
The Contract for the design and construction of a four (4) megalitre reservoir to be built off Apex Road adjacent to the existing reservoir in Bottlebrush Park was awarded to Hornicks Constructions at the Extraordinary Council Meeting on December 7.
The new reservoir is required to address current water security issues and to cater for the predicted population growth within the town of Gunnedah. The project cost is $2.5 million and will be fully-funded by Gunnedah Shire Council.
“Since the planning stages, significant work has been undertaken for this project, including land acquisition and consultation with the local Aboriginal community,” Gunnedah Shire Council Chief Engineer Daniel Noble said.
“As a result of this consultation, Council has discussed providing a symbol of recognition at the site of the traditional owners of the land.”
The project involves the construction of a concrete reservoir, which will be approximately 27.5 metres in diameter and approximately eight metres high. The reservoir has been designed to have the same roof level as the existing reservoir and will incorporate aesthetic improvements, including white roof sheeting to reduce glare to surrounding residences.
“The reservoir has been designed to minimise the overall impact on local residents, including obstruction to their views. As a result, significant earthworks are needed to accommodate the new reservoir. This will require the excavation and removal of approximately 2300 cubic metres of rock,” Mr Noble said.
The expected construction phase of the project is 36 weeks, with works planned to start in February 2018. Working hours will be undertaken between 7:00am and 6:00pm, Monday to Friday and between 8:00am and 1:00pm on Saturdays.
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