Con­tract call for Cairns

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

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.”

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