RoadTek wins environment gong
THE stereotyped tie-dyed attire of the environmentally savvy has been replaced by fluoro with the district's pro-active Transport and Main Roads RoadTek team recently awarded for the rehabilitation works of flood damaged areas at Killarney.
From the 18 RoadTek sites across Queensland, the Southern Downs team won this year's environment category and project manager Lyall McNicol said a love for the district was an integral part of the success.
“I've lived here most of my life and the preservation of this area – especially as it's a touchy environmental area – is important,” Mr McNicol said.
“There's platypi at the head of the Condamine River and this award was recognition of what was done to rehabilitate the area after flooding in 1998.
“This project wasn't the biggest in the state but done well and the work has since been modelled at other sites.”
Transport and Main Roads regional director Tony Platz said the Killarney and Spring Creek Flood Works project rehabilitated the flood-damaged, highly sensitive environmental area.
“This rehabilitation project demonstrated sustainable solutions to enhance, preserve and protect the environment,” Mr Platz said.
“The project was at the headwaters of the Condamine River, the start of Australia's largest river system, so the environmental sensitivity of this area contributed to a high level of community interest leading up to and during construction.
“The care and expertise displayed by the project team meant the project was successfully completed without impacting fauna, water quality or vegetation in the area and rehabilitative activities undertaken as part of the environmental management plan.”
Senior project manager Mark Pierce said the unique project involved community consultation and was chuffed with the team's state recognition with almost 3000 tonnes of rock still to be installed to complete the job.