Mayor stands by hole repair estimate

IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale has hit back at rumours the cost of repairing the hole at Ipswich's busiest intersection was overstated.

In fact, Cr Pisasale said the figure of $750,000 he gave last week might be understated.

“I've heard the rumours. People are saying, 'How can you spend $750,000 repairing a hole?'” Cr Pisasale said yesterday.

“It's only $200,000 - $250,000 so far but the engineers sat down and worked it out and the cost to the city will be more than this.

“A lot of people don't realise the work that has to be done yet.

“I think it will be close to $1 million with the damage to the city over two days.”

Ipswich Water and Council Works Department crews worked 30 hours straight to repair the hole that surfaced last Wednesday.

Works Committee chairman Trevor Nardi said the original cost estimate was based on information from council officers on site.

“This estimate covered emergency repairs to the water main and drainage, backfilling the excavation, roadworks, future repairs, and follow-up work required both above and below ground,” Cr Nardi said.

“Starting (tomorrow) a full underground CCTV survey of the stormwater drain will be carried out. A full ground radar survey will be conducted to map all underground services at the intersection.”

Cr Pisasale said a meeting scheduled with Telstra on Friday would now be held next Monday.

Last week, Cr Pisasale said council engineers told him Telstra caused the hole problem when they dug up the intersection four or five years ago.

Telstra said it was “extremely disappointed it has been unfairly blamed.”

Yesterday, Cr Pisasale said he looked forward to meeting with Telstra representatives to “work though the facts and the latest engineer's reports.”



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