Rapid Creek flood mitigation works underway

Work is underway on a $7.5 million Territory Labor Government flood mitigation project at Rapid Creek.

Darwin company Sitzler Pty Ltd won the tender for the construction of a stormwater detention basin on the corner of McMillans Road and Henry Wrigley Drive in Marrara.

The project has created nearly 50 direct local construction jobs and scores more indirect jobs.

The detention basin is designed to temporarily hold stormwater flows from Anula, Moil and parts of Marrara during heavy rainfall events.

It will hold the equivalent of 37 Olympic-sized swimming pools and significantly reduce the impact of flooding on downstream homes.

Flooding has been a problem in the Rapid Creek catchment area when heavy wet season rains combine with a high tide to swell the creek and flood low-lying properties.

Testing undertaken early in 2017 has shown very low levels of PFAS on the site and further testing has shown soils within the site are significantly below the Health Based Guidance Values for PFAS.

Construction is expected to be completed in late 2018 to early 2019.

Quotes from Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler.

"This is an important project to ensure our urban communities are safe in times of flooding.

"Also significant is that this project has created nearly 50 local construction jobs and many more indirect jobs for Territorians.

"The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is working closely with the Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority to ensure all activities are carried out in accordance with the approved environmental management plans."

Quotes from Sitzler Pty Ltd, Contract Administrator, Kieran Fawcett

"Sitzler are passionate about providing jobs for Territorians and have confidence in the capability of Territory based resources.

"We can confirm that 100% of the plant, labour, materials and subcontractors required for the works are from within the Northern Territory."

A map showing where the works in Rapid Creek will take place along McMillians Road and Henry Wrigley Drive.