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Big savings out of Barooga

- By Alexandra Wilson

A saving of more than $140,000 is expected to be realised after the awarding of a tender to demolish and construct the Barooga netball courts.

Berrigan Shire Council has originally budgeted $566,054 for its plans at the Barooga Recreation Reserve, with the courts expected to use at least $300,000 of that.

But with council accepting a tender for the courts of $270,403.99 (inc. GST), it means more money can be held in reserve for other council projects.

In a report to council, project manager Mohit Jain said cost was not the only deciding factor in awarding the tender to Miller Pipe Civil Pty Ltd.

He said the preferred contractor also scored higher than the other two tenders considered when it came to time performanc­e.

It was equal to one other tender when considerin­g management plans and relevant experience, with the third tender rating higher in the management plans section only.

Two non-conforming tenders were eliminated from considerat­ion.

The courts are one part of a three stage project at the recreation reserve, outlined in council’s Strategic Plan 2021-2031 as the creation of a Barooga Regional Multi-Sport Precinct.

Mr Jain said prior to the preparatio­n of the master plan, council engaged the same consultant to undertake a comprehens­ive community engagement process that identified key strengths, issues and opportunit­ies for the upgrade of Barooga Recreation Reserve.

“The master plan provides a framework for the staged redevelopm­ent of the reserve’s facilities upgrade, of which this project (the netball courts) is an integral element,” he said in a report to council.

“Council officers identified issues related to undergroun­d utilities at the location marked in the master plan.

“The new location (at the three tennis courts) was selected to ensure there is no cost to relocate utilities, and best outcomes were achieved from the investment.”

This part of the project will include demolition of existing tennis courts and related assets around the courts, constructi­on of necessary drainage infrastruc­ture, supply and installati­on of surface and subsurface pavement layers and supply and installati­on of goal post and rings.

Lighting works, estimated at $65,000, and surfacing and line marking, estimated at $50,000, will be procured through quotation.

 ?? ?? Lila Haynes and Ava Mangion were warmly welcomed by the staff of Tocumwal Hospital.
Lila Haynes and Ava Mangion were warmly welcomed by the staff of Tocumwal Hospital.

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