Rails lift project costs

North Coast Times - - OPINION -

A RE­QUIRE­MENT for handrails has con­trib­uted to ex­tra costs for the Mary Lind­say Homestead pub­lic open space project.

The City of Wan­neroo ap­proved a $50,000 bud­get trans­fer on Septem­ber 19 to cover the $30,030 handrails and fund­ing short­fall for the Yanchep park.

A coun­cil re­port said Hori­zon West Land­scape Con­struc­tions was con­tracted to do the $560,823 project.

“Dur­ing the process of ob­tain­ing a build­ing per­mit for the cen­tral shel­ter within the pub­lic open space, the build­ing com­pli­ance sub­con­trac­tor noted that handrails with a kerb rail are re­quired along the graded foot­path to the shel­ter to com­ply with the Build­ing Code of Aus­tralia,” it said.

“The de­sign in­cluded a suit­ably graded foot­path and reg­u­lar land­ings to meet the re­quire­ments of Aus­tralian Stan­dard AS1428.1 de­sign for ac­cess and mo­bil­ity.

“While this ad­dresses the as­pect of wheel­chair ac­cess, it does not ad­e­quately meet the stan­dards and code re­quire­ments for am­bu­lant and vis­ually im­paired ac­cess.”

The funds needed would come from sav­ings on street light­ing projects at Ross Street in Gnan­gara and Trichet Road in Wan­neroo.

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