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Maranoa Regional Council NDRRA

Overview

In February 2011, Brown Contractors were contracted by the Maranoa Regional Council for the reconstruction and maintenance of council road assets surrounding Roma, Surat, Mitchell and Injune.

Project scope

Bulk earthworks for sewerage treatment holding ponds, pump station installation, heavy formation grading, gravel re-sheeting, winning, loading and hauling gravel material, cement stabilisation, excavation of unsuitable material and road pavement construction.

Summary

  • 12 crew (incl. project engineers, skilled machinery operators, labourers)
  • Approx 200 kms of HFG
  • 180 – 200 K cubic metres of Gravel re-sheeting

Challenges

Located in rural isolated areas, the sites posed various challenges including soft ground, water scarcity, rural first aid, GPS communication, accommodation and fuel resourcing issues. By adhering meticulously to the MRC and BC environmental, WHS, QA management policies and procedures, Brown Contractors were successful in exceeding client and community expectations.  

Flexibility

The project involved frequently changing ground conditions due to the vast scope footprint. BC developed a number of effective construction methodologies to suit each in-situ foundation condition – streamlining the scoping process and enabling the superintendent to make accurate cost projections for each work site. 

Local participation

Engagement of local subcontractors within the Maranoa regional area, supporting the local economy while minimising transportation and labour costs. Strategies included sourcing local suppliers for general consumable materials, such as tyres, fuel and accommodation.  

Value Add

  • Negotiation with local suppliers to ensure maximum value.
  • Provision of an additional programming/engineering resource to assist with defect scoping and QA administration.

Safety Record

Zero Loss Time Injuries.