South Burnett Regional Council Systems Review


South Burnett Regional Council

Project value








The South Burnett Regional Council (SBRC) is a local government area situated approximately two hours’ drive northwest of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

SBRC has developed and is implementing a capital works plan to deliver circa $30 million of infrastructure across 100 projects during the 2020-2021 financial year. The majority of these projects will be self-performed by SBRC and encompass civil works as well as water and waste projects.

The need to responsibly plan and manage public resources is paramount across all levels of government.

SBRC engaged Bellwether to provide support in the tracking and management of project schedules and costs across the capital works program.

What we delivered

Bellwether developed a multi-phased approach to progressively develop solutions. Bellwether initially worked with Council to identify the problems and issues. This included reviewing the Council’s existing systems, processes, and procedures to develop a gap analysis, and working with Council to undertake a needs analysis to establish the areas that would need to be addressed.

Following this initial information gathering phase, Bellwether then worked with Council to establish system requirements and investigate potential existing solutions which could utilise Council’s current financial and IT systems, processes, and software licenses.

Bellwether identified a cost-effective solution using a combination of Council’s existing software licenses for Microsoft Project, Microsoft Office suite and accounting system. This enabled the early implementation of project schedule and cost controls and visibility to meet Council’s immediate needs, whilst also allowing a more advanced web-based dashboard and portal to be developed in parallel.

Key outcomes

The benefits of this approach include:

  • Early implementation of the new system to realise benefits whilst the more advanced functionality was being developed
  • Better resource management
  • More granular cost control
  • Cost savings due to optimal plant and labour resourcing
  • Enhanced cash flow tracking capability
  • Enhanced ability for value engineering and design innovation through better planning and collaboration
  • Enhanced reporting upwards capability (i.e., to councillors)
  • Better market engagement through advanced warning of opportunities
  • Opportunity to lead the way in local government project controls
  • Enhanced capability to seek funding for future projects through a clear and concise delivery program and cost control
Carmichael Coal Mine & Rail Network
DTMR Henri Roberts Drive (in progress)
Blythe River Bridge Strengthening
North Brisbane Bikeway – Chalk Street to Price Street
Captain Cook Highway Smithfield Bypass
Tinaroo Falls Dam Raising
Nullinga Dam Detailed Business Case
Stony Creek & Lindenow Options
Warrego Highway / Mt Crosby Road Interchange Upgrade
Fairbairn Dam
Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program (MIPP)
Land Street Bikeway Underpass Duplication
Morayfield Indoor Sports and Events Centre Expansion
Torbanlea – Pialba Road Floodway Replacements Business Case
Samford Road Options Analysis
Logan Motorway East Bound Drainage Improvements and Pavement Rehabilitation
Gold Coast Tourism Hub Project – Bundall Road Site
Greenbank Transport Corridor
South Burnett Regional Council Systems Review
Cannon Hill Shopping Centre Bus Facility – Bus Station Upgrade
Newell Highway Flood Immunity West Wyalong to Forbes
Mareeba-Dimbulah Road Widening and Roadside Safety Improvements
Calliope River Bridge and Anabranch Bridge: Engineering Analysis and Options Analysis
North Pine Hub Strategic Assessment
Gregory Highway 27B – LN1 Culverts Upgrade Planning (Business Case)
Barwon Heads Road, Black Rock Road and Staceys Road Roundabout
Pacific Highway Upgrade – Woolgoolga to Ballina
Easing Sydney’s Congestion – Pinch Point Program
Burdekin Falls Dam Improvement and Raising
M6 Early Works Construction
Warragamba Dam Expert Witness Report
South Batemans Bay Link Road
Gunns Gully Road Interchange
M1 Princes Motorway Improvements
Circular Quay Precinct Renewal
Wynnum Road Corridor Upgrade
Arrow Energy Dalby – Laydown Yard
MSC Charleville Industrial Estate
BSC Leans Creek Bridge & Richardsons Bridge Repairs
CHRC Springsure Landfill Rehabilitation
CHRC Capella Landfill Rehab & Transfer Station
MRC Whittle Street Drainage Upgrade
TRC South Street & Burton Street Intersection
Seqwater creek & pipe protection works
MRC Warland Street Drainage
MRC Mackay Bus Stop DDA Compliance Program
MRC Juliet Street Pavement Rehabilitation
NDRRA Flood Betterment Works
Retail First Brookside Shopping Centre Embankment Stabilisation & Car park extension
NSC Black Mountain Road Safety Improvements
TRC Toowoomba Waste Transfer Facilities (*3)
Australian Department of Defence – Kokoda Barracks
Australian Department of Defence – Enoggera Barracks
MRC Caping Road Bridge
DTMR Virginia Park ‘n’ Ride Upgrade
BRC Bruce HWY Upgrade & Streetscape, Gin Gin
MRC Milton Street & Archibald Street Intersection Upgrade
WDRC Warrego Highway Upgrade and Streetscape, Miles QLD
MBRC Aurthur Drewett Drive
WDRC Bundi Creek Bridge (in progress)
NSC Noosa Parade Upgrade