Ningaloo Centre build delayed
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.
An artist’s impression of the Ningaloo Centre.