Local construction companies and workers are benefitting from Logan City Council’s (QLD) record investment in water and wastewater infrastructure, with almost half of Logan Water Alliance’s $225 million capital works program to date delivered by South-East Queensland contractors.
Road and Water Infrastructure Committee Chairperson, Councillor Don Petersen, said the council’s investment in water and wastewater projects had exceeded $70 million annually for the past two years.
“Most of our major water and wastewater infrastructure projects are delivered by Logan Water Alliance; a public and private sector enterprise that involves Council, Tenix, Cardno, and PB,” he said.
“The alliance has awarded $107 million of construction contracts to South-East Queensland contractors to date. More than 5,480 workers have been engaged on these projects, and a large proportion of them were from 192 different local contractors.”
“These local firms have helped Council to provide infrastructure for our growing community including approximately 70km of water and wastewater pipelines, 14 pump stations, two water reservoirs, and four wastewater treatment plant upgrades.”
Contractors that have completed the highest number of projects for Logan Water Alliance include Diona, Christopher Contracting, Foley and Kuch, and National Tapping Services.
One recently-engaged Berrinba-based contractor, Electrical Data and Security Services (EDSS), has found that working for a program alliance has benefitted the business.
EDSS Business Manager, Andrew Jackson, said the alliance’s variety of projects had offered the company opportunities in a generally “tough” construction market.
“EDSS has been engaged to provide services for two projects to date including the current installation of new switchboards at the Alfred St pump station at Slacks Creek,” Mr Jackson said.
“The work has provided us with great local experience, the chance to form relationships with alliance participant organisations who are major players in the infrastructure industry, and a platform for EDSS to grow.”
Mr Jackson said that aside from the economic benefits of working on a major program of works, he felt the alliance’s culture made the contractual relationship a positive one.
“The alliance has a culture that values safety and respect for others. In particular, the approach to safety management has been a standout for us, with our people feeling that their wellbeing was a priority while working on alliance construction sites.”
Logan Water Alliance is set to deliver a further $60 million of new infrastructure in 2014/2015. Key projects include the $16.8 million Chambers Flat pump station to Marsden wastewater network upgrade, and a $6 million wastewater pipeline from Bethania to Tanah Merah.
Learn more about the Logan Water Alliance.