Wagga-based company Burgess Earthmoving will take over construction on the city’s levee upgrade.
Councillors approved a $1.1 million tender for the works between Copland Street and the monumental cemetery following a confidential report presented at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
Council general manager Peter Thompson said concerns about the quality of work – carried out by previous contractor Central West Civil, which will still complete the Flowerdale section of stage one – led to the decision.
“We had concerns about the compaction levels achieved by that contractor and came to an arrangement to finish the work to the standard we require,” Mr Thompson said. “We went to local contractors with the capacity and ability to do the job and (Burgess) was the successful tenderer.”
While Burgess Earthmoving’s work will cost more than Central West Civil’s, Mr Thompson said the entire project was still within the initial budget estimate. Stage two of the levee work will likely be put out to tender next week and full flood protection for the CBD should be in place by the start of 2020, Mr Thompson said.