Coun­cil drives car-park build

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

SU­BI­ACO Coun­cil will spend $799,775 on the first stage of works at the con­tro­ver­sial For­rest Street carpark.

Coun­cil­lors voted 8-3 to award the con­struc­tion ten­der to Dows­ing Con­crete at the Septem­ber coun­cil meet­ing.

The re­de­vel­op­ment plans, which in­clude resur­fac­ing and adding seven new car bays, were sus­pended in March af­ter the pro­ject’s ini­tial bud­get blew out and coun­cil­lors planned a re­vo­ca­tion mo­tion.

At the meet­ing last month, Cr Lyn­ley Hewett said she was frus­trated that For­rest Street carpark had come be­fore coun­cil “no less than 28 times” and it was time that coun­cil “bit the bullet”.

“Quite frankly, what­ever we can do will im­prove it,” Cr Hewett said. “If we go on call­ing ten­ders then back­ing away, then our name will be mud.

“It is time to get on with this thing.”

Cr Mark Burns said it was “sim­ple mad­ness” that the City was will­ing to spend al­most $1 mil­lion on the first stage of works.

“This is do­ing some­thing just for the sake of do­ing it,” he said.

Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said the 8-3 re­sult was the “strong­est vote ever seen on the For­rest Street carpark is­sue”.

“It has al­ways been 6-7 over the years, it is a very con­tro­ver­sial one,” Mrs Hen­der­son said.

“Con­sid­er­ing the ten­der in iso­la­tion gave a clear view that yes, we would stick with that di­rec­tion that we had in May when we called for ten­ders. I was de­lighted with such a strong re­sult.”

Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Alan Mil­lard said the City would dis­cuss with the busi­ness com­mu­nity and Venn Prop­erty Group, which will run Mar­kets on Rokeby, as to the best time to start the con­struc­tion.

Mr Mil­lard said re­de­vel­op­ment works on Park Street carpark be­gan on Septem­ber 29, to be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber 31.

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