Chi­na­town look­out plans de­layed

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

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.

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