Coun­cil de­pot will open up land op­tions

South Western Times - - Budget 2017-18 -

CON­STRUC­TION of Bun­bury City Coun­cil’s new de­pot has been pin­pointed as one of the ma­jor projects in the 2017-18 Bud­get.

And the $8 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment is the big­gest coun­cil-funded project yet, ac­cord­ing to Mayor Gary Bren­nan.

“It cer­tainly is our largest project, even the BREC (Bun­bury Re­gional En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre) ex­ten­sion wasn’t that much” Mr Bren­nan said.

While the coun­cil is in ne­go­ti­a­tions to bring the project’s suc­cess­ful ten­der, Civil­con, in un­der bud­get, con­struc­tion will start this fi­nan­cial year and is ex­pected to take less than a year to fin­ish.

The coun­cil pre­vi­ously spent a fur­ther $2.4 mil­lion on the de­pot’s Suther­land Way site in Picton.

“It is a ma­jor project, but what it does is moves staff from a 50-yearold, tired and in­ap­pro­pri­ate fa­cil­ity along with the McCombe Road waste de­pot staff into one space,” Mr Bren­nan said.

“They’ll be able to col­lab­o­rate more ef­fec­tively. It then gives us the op­por­tu­nity to re­de­velop the Nuyt­sia Av­enue site and that McCombe Road site we can look to dis­pose of too.

“It cre­ates a re­ally good domino ef­fect – one project leads to an­other and that’s all great news.”

The al­lo­ca­tion of cash in­cludes up to $5 mil­lion in loan bor­row­ings plus funds in as­so­ci­ated coun­cil re­serves.

The coun­cil plans to de­velop 3ha of the Picton site for the de­pot with the re­main­ing 2ha ear­marked for fu­ture use still to be de­ter­mined.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Mayor Gary Bren­nan looks over Bun­bury City Coun­cil’s new de­pot site in Picton.

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