No stop­ping now

New McNa­mara Re­serve fa­cil­ity to start de­spite com­ing in over bud­get

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI tspi­teri@ne­me­

New change fa­cil­i­ties at the net­ball and ten­nis courts at Myrtle­ford’s McNa­mara Re­serve will go ahead as planned de­spite a fore­casted over­run of $236,135 against the ap­proved project bud­get of $500,000.

A num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant items were omit­ted from the ini­tial cost es­ti­mate de­vel­oped dur­ing the con­cept de­sign phase used to es­tab­lish the over­all project bud­get in­clud­ing costs as­so­ci­ated with un­der­ground ser­vices.

Mar­ket rates achieved through the ten­der process also turned out to be sig­nif­i­cantly higher in a num­ber of ar­eas than what was as­sumed at the con­cept de­sign stage.

None­the­less, Bar­ton Street De­vel­op­ments were awarded the ten­der for af­ter con­firm­ing their abil­ity to com­plete the project by next March.

The Ta­wonga-based com­pany was awarded the con­tract for the lump sum of $548,628 plus GST.

The to­tal project bud­get for the up­grades was set out as $500,000, com­pris­ing of $100,000 of grant fund­ing from Sport and Recre­ation Vic­to­ria, and $400,000 to be funded by coun­cil.

The com­ple­tion cost of the project is now ex­pected to be $736,135.

Coun­cil doc­u­ments said a low level of con­tin­gency was also ap­plied to the con­cept de­sign cost es­ti­mate, which wasn’t re­flec­tive of the level of un­cer­tainty that re­mained in the project dur­ing the ini­tial stages which re­sulted in the cost over­run.

The fore­cast cost over­run will be ac­com­mo­dated in coun­cil’s long-term fi­nan­cial plan, how­ever it will re­sult in a re­duc­tion in the work­ing cap­i­tal ra­tio.

Alpine Shire Coun­cil director as­sets Will Jere­mey said re-ten­der­ing of the con­struc­tion scope could have per­haps seen a more com­pet­i­tive out­come for coun­cil, how­ever do­ing so would re­sult in a 12-month de­lay to the project.

“The key thing is coun­cil was com­mit­ted to de­liver this project over the next six months and the fi­nal de­ci­sion was made by coun­cil­lors who didn’t want to de­lay the pro- ject by a year,” he said.

“McNa­mara Re­serve user groups no­ti­fied coun­cil of their pre­ferred con­struc­tion win­dow of Oc­to­ber 2018 to March 2019.

“Con­struc­tion dur­ing this pe­riod will present the least dis­rup­tion to sched­uled net­ball and ten­nis matches, in­clud­ing the Easter Ten­nis Tour­na­ment.

“Bar­ton Street De­vel­op­ments has con­firmed their abil­ity to meet this con­struc­tion time­frame.”

The new fa­cil­i­ties will pro­vide two uni­sex change rooms, a uni­sex um­pire change room, two uni­sex ac­ces­si­ble ameni­ties, a first aid room/office and kiosk.

Mean­while, Mr Jeremy said the ten­der for the Myrtle­ford In­door Sports Sta­dium Ex­pan­sion will be awarded at Oc­to­ber’s or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing.

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