Blowouts

Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre build de­layed

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Alicia Per­era

A “bud­get blowout” at the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre project in Ex­mouth will de­lay its com­ple­tion by up to a few months as plans to make it more cost-ef­fec­tive are brought in.

In a change to the Shire of Ex­mouth’s orig­i­nal plans for the town’s com­mu­nity, tourism and ed­u­ca­tion hub, Shire in­terim com­mis­sioner Ian Fletcher, speak­ing af­ter a Fe­bru­ary meet­ing, said the build­ing would be mostly com­pleted and at lock-up stage by May or June, in­stead of April as orig­i­nally planned.

The de­lay will cost the Shire an es­ti­mated $66,200.

Mr Fletcher said the de­lay was needed to iron out pre­vi­ous bud­get and ad­min­is­tra­tive prob­lems with the cen­tre.

“The cen­tre will be com­pleted, how­ever there are a num­ber of is­sues we’re go­ing through with the De­part­ment of Re­gional De­vel­op­ment who are the prin­ci­pal fund­ing source,” he said.

“There are dis­crep­an­cies and there was a bud­get blowout which we are work­ing through line by line.” Mr Fletcher said chief among those con­cerns was the lack of a clear busi­ness plan and the tim­ing of the in­ter­pre­ta­tive cen­tre’s of­fi­cial open­ing separate from the 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in Septem­ber.

He said it was still not clear what the to­tal costs of the project would be but the Shire was work­ing to make it cost-ef­fec­tive, with a fi­nan­cial review tak­ing place.

The WA Mu­seum has also been asked to give ex­pert ad­vice on the busi­ness and ac­ti­va­tion plan for the cen­tre’s show­piece in­ter­pre­ta­tion cen­tre.

Mr Fletcher said in­sight from mu­seum staff would be in­valu­able, cit­ing the qual­ity of their work on the award-win­ning Na­tional Anzac Cen­tre in Al­bany.

Pic­ture: Shire of Ex­mouth

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre.

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