Fed­eral jetty funds push

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Ja­son Men­nell

Shire of Esper­ance chief ex­ec­u­tive Matthew Scott is con­fi­dent the re­place­ment Esper­ance Tanker Jetty will be de­liv­ered on bud­get if a $4 mil­lion Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion is ap­proved.

The $7.5 mil­lion pro­ject will in­volve $1.5 mil­lion spent on de­mol­ish­ing the old jetty and $6 mil­lion on con­struc­tion of the re­place­ment.

With $2 mil­lion of coun­cil funds al­ready in the bag, and the $1.5 mil­lion se­cured for the de­mo­li­tion, the pro­ject faces a $4 mil­lion short­fall.

The ap­pli­ca­tion to Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Funds for the bal­ance was sub­mit­ted on Novem­ber 15.

Mr Scott said part of the ap­pli­ca­tion in­volved demon­strat­ing how the money would be used and what the cost would be.

“Our pro­ject team has been able to de­velop a quan­tity sur­vey on the con­cept de­sign and that quan­tity sur­vey has come back say­ing yes the cur­rent con­cept de­sign will be able to fit within that $6 mil­lion bud­get,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously there’s a num­ber of con­tin­gen­cies as­so­ci­ated with that be­cause we are only ac­tu­ally at con­cept de­sign, but they are very con­ser­va­tive con­tin­gen­cies and they are based on other projects that al­ready un­der way around WA in re­gards to jet­ties.

“We are con­fi­dent and as we go through the de­sign process those num­bers will firm up to the point where we can go out to ten­der and hope­fully get our new jetty.”

Mr Scott said he was hope­ful the con­cept de­sign would pro­ceed to fi­nalised con­cept de­sign in the next few months.

“We be­lieve we put in a very strong ap­pli­ca­tion and we’ve ob­vi­ously re­ceived a lot of sup­port from our lo­cal Fed­eral Mem­ber Rick Wil­son,” he said.

“Our ap­pli­ca­tion in­cludes mul­ti­ple let­ters of sup­port from State, Fed­eral mem­bers, from State agen­cies, com­mu­nity groups etc.

“There is mas­sive sup­port for this ap­pli­ca­tion.”

Pic­ture: Tori O'Con­nor

Shire of Esper­ance chief ex­ec­u­tive Matthew Scott.

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