Carpark back on the agenda

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By ROSANNA CANDLER

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.”

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