Chinatown lookout plans delayed
The first major project to be rolled out as part of the multimilliondollar Chinatown revitalisation has stalled because the only tender has been rejected.
The Dampier Terrace lookout — estimated to cost about $696,000 — is jointly funded by Tourism WA and the Shire of Broome.
It was due for completion by June 30 this year and went out to tender last month but only one company submitted a bid, which was more than $200,000 over-budget.
The State Government’s share of funding was meant to be off the books and spent by June 30.
The council has successfully requested that the date condition be changed to when contracts are signed and executed and it will now negotiate with contractors directly to build the lookout.
The change means the completion date touted by the Shire earlier this year will not be met and the project will be delayed until councillors have approved a contractor to build the structure.
The lookout was meant to deliver a new attraction to Chinatown and provide the community and visitors with sweeping views of Dampier Creek and Roebuck Bay.
Shire president Harold Tracey said his own building company H&M Tracey would not be submitting any council tenders while he was the civic leader.
Cr Tracey said the delay would put the council in a better position to chose a contractor and negotiate a good price for the work.
“This is the first major step that heralds the beginning of the Chinatown revitalisation,” he said.
“The lookout will become an iconic part of the Chinatown experience and will, in my opinion, be worth waiting a little longer for.”
The State Government has committed $10 million towards the $12.7 million revitalisation, with $2 million coming from the Shire of Broome and $700,000 from Tourism WA.