Coun­cil avoids fore­shore cost hike

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

BUN­BURY City Coun­cil has avoided its first po­ten­tial cost blowout in the Koom­bana Bay fore­shore re­de­vel­op­ment.

Mayor Gary Bren­nan said a $240,654 con­tract vari­a­tion had been bal­anced out by other sav­ings and de­scribed the out­come as “cost neu­tral” for the coun­cil.

The coun­cil this week ac­cepted the con­tract vari­a­tion from Ertech for the in­stal­la­tion of pumps, elec­tri­cal work, a fil­tra­tion unit and in­fra­struc­ture for a new bore.

The ad­di­tional cost was caused by an ex­ist­ing bore which ser­vices the area be­ing deemed in­ad­e­quate.

Ac­cord­ing to a report by City of Bun­bury works and ser­vices direc­tor Gavin Har­ris, the only op­tion avail­able was a new bore near the Dol­phin Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre.

“Fol­low­ing the ini­tial de­sign to sup­ply wa­ter to the new Koom­bana Fore­shore from an ex­ist­ing bore ser­vic­ing the car­a­van park and Jetty Baths area, cal­cu­la­tions on the fi­nal ir­ri­ga­tion de­sign proved that the bore was not ca­pa­ble of sup­ply­ing the re­quired vol­ume of wa­ter,” Mr Har­ris said.

“Due to the wa­ter qual­ity a fil­tra­tion unit is re­quired to en­sure that new in­fra­struc­ture is not stained red or brown by the high iron con­tent in the wa­ter.”

The coun­cil will use some of the $152,311 still in the project bud­get and $107,860 re­main­ing in a fund al­lo­cated for a new bore, which was topped up by sav­ings in a bore re­place­ment at Pel­i­can Point.

The move means the coun­cil will avoid dip­ping into the project’s con­tin­gency. Mr Bren­nan said it was a good out­come for the project.

“It’s cost neu­tral for the city and we’re able to achieve a good re­sult,” he said.

He said sav­ings were made in the Pel­i­can Point bore due to the “very proac­tive” think­ing of staff and de­sire to do things ef­fec­tively and re­spon­si­bly.

Koom­bana Bay is on track to have most of the beach ac­cess back by early De­cem­ber, ac­cord­ing to Mr Bren­nan.

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