Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Back at work

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Works on the Civic Place precinct are speeding up again following the eased regional lockdown and restrictio­ns on the border bubble.

A spokespers­on for council said most subcontrac­tors were able to restart works once Edward River local government area was returned to the border bubble from September 20, however not all Victorian workers have been able to cross the border.

The Victorian Government removed Edward River and Broken Hill LGAs from the NSW side of the border bubble on September 3, causing workers from Victoria to have to isolate for 14 days if they chose to visit the area and return home.

When the news broke, ERC Mayor Norm Brennan called the decision ‘‘unnecessar­y and potentiall­y dangerous’’ for residents of the LGA who rely on services over the border.

Cr Brennan said he was never given a reason as to why the decision was made and that the three week removal had impacted many other major works in that time.

Council’s main contractor — based in Shepparton — was affected by previous lockdowns due to outbreaks in the northern Victoria town, most recently a seven day lockdown imposed on October 1 and expected to end as early as Saturday.

‘‘Some sub-contractor­s are in Victorian lockdown areas or outside the bubble, and are still affected,’’ the spokespers­on said.

Council expects full operation will be underway from Monday.

At council’s September 16 meeting, director infrastruc­ture Mark Dalzell reported the extent to which the works were delayed due to the LGA’s border bubble removal.

He said there was a meeting of cross border regions including council general managers and CEOs and the NSW cross border commission­er to address concerns of LGAs which were removed.

‘‘The work they’re doing is work they can do off-site.

‘‘The contractor is very keen to get back on-site,’’ Mr Dalzell said.

Prior to the disruption­s, the Civic Precinct had an expected finish date of the end of January. A new end date has not been released.

The works continuing off-site included ongoing fabricatio­n of glazing and structural steel for installati­on, joinery for the reception desk and kitchenett­es, acquisitio­n of major fixtures such as lifts and curtains, supply of carpet and flooring for the Town Hall, and the selection and purchase of furniture for all buildings.

At the Estates Building, which will be the new location of council offices and meetings when complete, all internal structural works are finished, plastering is underway, cabling is fitted, and a lift shaft prepared for when a lift can be delivered and installed.

At the Town Hall, completed works included the modified and reposition­ed toilet block, new foyer steelwork erected, ongoing installati­on on internal structural steel and demolition of redundant walls, cabling installed throughout underfloor, underfloor cleaned out for air-conditioni­ng ductwork, and the tower bell and support were lifted down for repair.

Current spend on this project is $1,961,267 of the $6,978,272 project budget.

 ?? ?? A crane was seen at the Civic Precinct constructi­on site on Wednesday.
A crane was seen at the Civic Precinct constructi­on site on Wednesday.

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