Contract call for Cairns
A CALL for contractors has gone out to begin early works on the Cairns Entertainment Precinct by restoring the heritage-listed White’s Shed.
The White’s Shed will be utilised for community use, such as arts and craft workshops, rehearsal and practice spaces, meetings, functions, markets and exhibitions.
The western side will integrate with the proposed museum but keeping with heritage requirements.
Project manager of the Cairns Entertainment Precinct Linda Cardew said there is a lot of work to be done.
“White’s Shed is a heritage listed building on sight and in order to get developer consent a whole lot of investigative work needs to do be done,” she said.
“There is wood rotting and the heritage listed floor is covered with concrete, separate to the CEP, we need a building contractor able to undertake the investigative works.
“We’re hoping that will start in March and the main work to start in June, White’s Shed work should go to locals, local building companies and being heritage listed a high level of expertise is required.”
The Cairns Regional Council is also seeking expressions of interest for a managing contractor, a tier one builder, to manage the whole works and to work with the project team.
Once appointed, tenders will go out for tradies, sub-contractors and suppliers and Ms Cardew said there will be around 140 jobs going locally.
“It’s a very genuine message, we are hoping for 85 per cent to go to local regional contractors and supply of goods and services wherever possible will be sourced locally,” she said.
“Not just builders, if you are a concrete mixer or steel fabricator, we’re looking to have as many materials supplied local as possible, all materials have to be sourced from somewhere and hopefully will be local suppliers.
“The project is worth $154 million, the construction prices are in excess of $100 million, that will primarily be spent locally - that’s one of the goals, to be able to have a flow-on economic effect and employment opportunity.”