The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) is an initiative, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments, to provide disaster relief, recovery payments and infrastructure restoration to help communities recover from the effects of natural disasters.
RPS commenced work for the NDRRA (delivering the Transport Network Reconstruction Program) in November 2010. Our Environment team managed the environmental assessment and supervision of reconstruction, as well as statutory planning support for the delivery of all approvals and permits for the proposed works. While our Survey team provided the majority of all Pre-Construction Engineering Surveys in North Queensland for construction design, we were also heavily involved in the construction phase by providing survey set-out and conformance reporting as required by Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) to ensure the contractors quality standards and construction tolerances are adhered to.
Following the series of natural disasters that affected Queensland in 2011, RPS was engaged by Jacobs (formally known as SKM) and DTMR as part of the NDRRA Regional Project Office team. The team set out to assist with the repair and rebuilding of roads damaged by the Queensland floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi.
RPS established base survey data, completed environmental studies, gained approvals, produced environmental management plans and contract documentation and administered environmental auditing and compliance for the repair and construction of a large number of roads throughout North and Far North Queensland.
This project saw a major redevelopment of the Cardwell foreshore including construction of one kilometer of rock wall, management of large quantities of Acid Sulphate Soils (ASS), landscaping and road works. Significant challenges revolved around management of water quality associated with the construction of the rock wall within tidal waters.
In addition to the extensive recovery works in Far North Queensland, RPS was engaged by AECOM to provide survey services to Hinchinbrook Shire Council’s NDRRA works to rebuild roads and public assets damaged by Cyclone Yasi.