Carpark back on the agenda
THE City of Subiaco is once again requesting tenders for the first stage of civil works at Forrest Street carpark.
Council revoked the initial first stage civil works tender because of a $100,000 financial discrepancy and voted not to accept any of the submitted tenders at a meeting last month.
Councillors then voted 7-6 to call for a second round of tenders.
Cr Garry Trinder said he urged councillors to “maintain their position” and continue with plans to redevelop the site as an at-grade carpark.
“We have the money, we have the desire, let’s just get on with this,” he said.
Cr Lynley Hewett said she was frustrated that Forrest Street carpark had come before the Council 26 times since 2003.
“We should just make a goodlooking square that you can park on,” she said. “I don’t know why we have to revoke the tender.”
Mayor Heather Henderson said Forrest Street carpark had always been a contentious topic.
“The vote was very close again, as it has been all along,” Mrs Henderson said.
“We have tested many things over the years, including a multistorey carpark that took a long time to get to nothing.
“Council’s view now is that it should progress. We still have a long period to go, out to tender, get them back and then begin construction. We will try not to start construction during the Christmas period when Subiaco is really busy.”