Management of road reconstruction and repair following a flooding disaster

Olm, David William Charles (2011) Management of road reconstruction and repair following a flooding disaster. [USQ Project]


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The project aims to analyse the management response of Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) to repair and reconstruct the road network system following the flooding disaster of 10 January 2011. The management system for emergent and short-term restoration efforts will be researched and analysed. Issues identified within the system will be discussed and improvements and recommendations will be presented.

All activities performed by a local government are covered by legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures. Thus, accessing the numerous instruments that govern local councils and disaster management constituted an integral part of the research project. In addition, the background of the region, and the organisational structure of the council was researched to establish; a chain of command, authority for councils to carry out their responsibilities, and to determine the management system that TRC had in place for disaster management.

The role and responsibilities of the TRC is described and their emergent response on the day of the disaster is detailed and analysed. The short term recovery phase of this event is also detailed and analysed. Personal interviews with key TRC personnel provided the dissertation with important „hands on‟ information regarding the management systems, issues and recommendations.

TRC have completed the emergent works and funding applications within the specified time limits imposed by the authority. The restoration phase is an ongoing process with a specified completion date of 30 June 2013. The management and data entry systems have been described and issues are identified where improvements can be effected.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council's (LVRC's) emergent disaster response is reviewed. This area was subject to substantial loss and damage during the 10th of January event. The LVRC's Recovery Plan and interviews with the mayor have provided this project with a very personal view of the disaster and how it affected the Lockyer Valley community. The Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry Interim Report is used to present the findings of this comprehensive government investigation into the events that occurred.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Supervisors: Thorpe, David
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2012 02:34
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: road reconstruction; road repair; management; flood; Toowoomba
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090507 Transport Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400512 Transport engineering

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