Gunnedah Shire Council's Blackjack Creek Flood Mitigation Project begins with a sod- turning ceremony hosted by Deputy Mayor Gae Swain and Daracon Group's Adam King

UNDER WAY: Deputy Mayor Gae Swain and Daracon Group’s Construction Manager Adam King turn the sod on the Blackjack Creek Flood Mitigation Project. Photo: Supplied
UNDER WAY: Deputy Mayor Gae Swain and Daracon Group’s Construction Manager Adam King turn the sod on the Blackjack Creek Flood Mitigation Project. Photo: Supplied

Gunnedah Shire Council hosted an official sod- turning ceremony on Tuesday to mark the commencement of construction works for the $3.2 million Blackjack Creek Flood Mitigation Project.

The project is a recommendation of the Blackjack Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study to reduce the impact of flooding from Blackjack Creek and to protect surrounding properties.

Gunnedah Shire Council accepted a tender in June from Daracon Group for $1.958 million, for the creation of channel banks and deepening, widening and the realignment of 1.9 kilometres of Blackjack Creek to increase capacity.

The project also includes the installation of storm water pipes under Wandobah Road and associated road works, as well as the removal and replanting of trees in the area.

The work site was declared open for construction by Deputy Mayor Gae Swain and Daracon Group’s Construction Manager Adam King.

Gunnedah Shire Council Deputy Mayor Gae Swain said council was looking forward to seeing works on the project begin.

“We are proud to be at this stage to see the works start on this project,” Cr Swain said.

“I extend my appreciation to the Flood Mitigation Working Group, both current and past, for their commitment to this project.”

The project will commence on 13 November and is expected to take approximately 16 weeks to complete.