Federal jetty funds push
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.”
Shire of Esperance chief executive Matthew Scott.