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Major investment in safe Gold Coast waterways

A major upgrade to the Gold Coast’s Sand Bypass System jetty will ensure sand continues to be pumped northward keeping the Seaway open for the recreation, tourism and marine industries.

The Gold Coast Waterways Authority is investing about $3.35 million in the project which will enable critical maintenance works to be carried out effectively and safely on the System’s jet pumps.

CEO Hal Morris said the upgrade is essential as the pumps are the powerhouse of the Sand Bypass System’s operations.

“The pumps suck up sand from the seabed beneath the jetty and then the sand gets pumped underneath the Seaway to South Stradbroke Island, keeping this vital connection between the ocean and the waterways open for recreational and commercial vessels.

“We need to keep that sand moving because the Gold Coast’s beautiful waterways contribute $770 million each year to the local economy and support 6,000 direct and indirect jobs.”

Mr Morris said the ten jet pumps on the jetty require frequent maintenance which can only be undertaken when they’re lifted from beneath the sea floor by a crane on the jetty deck.

“This is one of the biggest upgrades we’ve undertaken on the Sand Bypass since it was built back in the 80s.

“Work starting today involves installing extra beams underneath the jetty deck and widening the decking near each pump so the maintenance can i buy valium in bali crane can continue to operate safely and keep the pumps functioning.”

The contract to undertake the work has been awarded to local company, Alder Constructions.   Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers said the company undertook previous upgrade works on the jetty which were completed in 2006.

“Alder successfully collaborated with Gold Coast Waterways Authority to deliver a complete refurbishment and upgrade of the jetty in 2006, on time and on budget,” he said.

“With the knowledge of this particular site and project, along with our other bridge refurbishment experience, Alder possesses the specific skills required in every area of this contract.

“From our home base on the Gold Coast we have expanded to other regions in the south-east, but it’s always a privilege to be involved in iconic local infrastructure projects like the Sand Bypass System jetty.”

For safety reasons, the jetty will be closed to the public until the project is finished in June next year.  Public access to the beach beneath the jetty will also restricted from time-to-time while work is being done.

The Sand Bypass System is designed to replicate the natural northerly movement of sand along our coastline by transporting at least 500,000 m³ of sand under the Seaway to South Stradbroke Island each year.

Completed in 1986, the System was the first of its kind in the world.

 

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Alder breaks into Brisbane CBD

Gold Coast based Alder Constructions continues to expand its geographical footprint in south east Queensland, being awarded its first ever project in the Brisbane CBD.

Works are set to commence on the façade refurbishment of the Oaks Lexicon Apartments, on the corner of Ann and Wharf Street, this week.

This adds to the privately owned company’s string of active construction projects, located between Mermaid Beach and Mooloolaba and out to Beaudesert,

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers says breaking into the Brisbane CBD with a hotel refurbishment is a solid way to start the year, with close to $65 million worth of key infrastructure projects also currently underway or recently completed.

“Our expanding list of critical infrastructure work includes high priority projects for local Councils, State Government and private developers, ranging from state of the art community facilities to significant road and bridge upgrades,” he said.

“We have worked with five Councils across the south east, leveraging our building and civil infrastructure capabilities and are preparing for more of this kind of work for the year ahead.”

Alder Constructions, now in its 15th year, has recently delivered the upgrade and extension to The Beenleigh Aquatic Centre, which officially open later this month.

The $4.7 million venture is an initiative of the Logan City Council and the state government and will feature a fully enclosed indoor heated pool so the facility can function year round.

“The project is part of the Council’s Active Logan Strategy, designed with a vision to build an active and healthy community,” Mr Cheffers said.

“We are building a children’s splashpad, finished with a decorative bright and colourful non slip spraypave, with fun interactive aquatic toys such as sprayers and in-ground geysers that will keep children of all ages entertained for hours.

“It will also provide excellent facilities for people with disabilities and incorporate the latest safety features.”

Alder Constructions recently completed construction of the Mooloolaba Walk and Ride Bridge – a joint initiative with the Sunshine Coast Council and Queensland Government.

“Built across the environmentally sensitive marine area of the Mayes Canal, we had to use innovative methodologies while adhering to strict environmental requirements,” Mr Cheffers said.

“The 66m, three span bridge separates pedestrians and cyclists from vehicles on Brisbane Road and has become an entry statement into Mooloolaba with architectural and decorative features.”

Construction is well underway on the $5 million Yawalpah Road upgrade at Pimpama, a significant upgrade to a 1km stretch of road that currently caters to an estimated 20,000 vehicles a day.

“The upgrade of the existing undivided single lane to dual median divided carriageway will service the new residential development Gainsborough Greens in Pimpama and provide access to the new Homemaker Centre,” Mr Cheffers said.

“Due for mid-2019 completion locals will benefit from two new signalled intersections, street lighting, new footpaths, and cycle lanes.”

Alder Constructions completed an upgrade to the Jinker Track and Bunya Road intersection in late 2018. Mr Cheffers says the $1.7 million upgrade was identified as key road transport infrastructure under the Moreton Bay Regional Council’s current planning scheme.

“We were delighted when Moreton Bay Regional Council entrusted us with the delivery of the challenging Jinker Track intersection upgrade project,” he said.

“Transforming the Jinker Track and Bunya Road intersection into a signal-controlled intersection under heavy traffic control with minimal commuter disruption was no mean feat, and it has made a significant difference to the area already and will cater for population growth for years to come.”

 

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