Local resident Rolly Payne is sick of the continual roadworks.
Local resident Rolly Payne is sick of the continual roadworks.

Freestone Rd contractor sued by big developer

A CONTRACTOR employed by Main Roads to perform work on Freestone Road which council engineers say is the worst they have ever seen is being taken to court by a major Queensland developer for allegedly shonky work elsewhere.

Court documents obtained by the Daily News show Shamrock Civil Engineering - one of the contractors used on Freestone Rd - is being sued by Mirvac Queensland for nearly $2.5 million for work done at a major Brisbane River development site.

The Mirvac claim alleges Shamrock and its subcontractors botched stormwater harvesting and treatment systems at the Waterfront Newstead project, consisting of luxury riverside apartments with penthouses on sale for up to $6.5 million.

Mirvac lodged its claim with the court in early June and is seeking damages for breach of contract.

Mirvac is suing Shamrock for $2,404,276.51, or alternatively damages for negligence for the same amount.

The claim states Shamrock was responsible for the design and construction of stormwater systems at Waterfront Newstead, which included poly tanks installed at the site in August 2009.

Mirvac states the tanks cracked and leaked after installation due to design negligence by Shamrock which failed to take into account the soil and groundwater characteristics of the river bank.

Subsequent efforts to fix the problem through welding and bracing failed and the stormwater system was never properly completed.

As reported, Shamrock Civil Engineering has been engaged in extensive repairs to Freestone Rd north of Warwick which have left road-users frustrated and angry.

Works, involving some contractors other than Shamrock, totalling $1.33m were completed in June along a three kilometre stretch of the road but dozens of potholes and uneven patches have since appeared forcing further restoration works.

Southern Downs Regional Council director of engineering Peter See last week said the work fell well below accepted council standards.

"I have on a number of occasions spoken to the consultants looking after that work and said to them that it was not good enough," Mr See told the Daily News last week. "It is the poorest excuse for roadworks that I have ever seen."

Mr See said he was in discussions with Main Roads to have the road once again fixed. This will also include removing the solid white line which has been painted down the middle of the road, causing confusion to motorists.

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