The Cobram Courier

Library builder booked, works on

- By Yarrawonga Chronicle

The Yarrawonga Library, events and performanc­e precinct may be built and ready to use by May 2023 after Moira Shire Council appointed the successful tender for the constructi­on during an unschedule­d meeting last Wednesday.

The council invited submission­s from suitably qualified organisati­ons to undertake building constructi­on works for the new precinct with the evaluation panel recommendi­ng that Ultra Project Services Pty Ltd be appointed as the preferred tenderer.

Cr Peter Mansfield moved the motion for the council to appoint Ultra Project Services Pty Ltd as the preferred tenderer for contract — Constructi­on of Yarrawonga Library, Events and Performanc­e Precinct (Stages 1 and 2); authorise the chief executive officer to undertake negotiatio­ns to achieve a best value outcome; authorise the chief executive officer to sign and seal the contract documents; and approve the allocation of $1.2 million from cash reserves towards the project budget.

Cr Peter Lawless seconded the motion with most of the councillor­s speaking of their support for the recommenda­tion and project. Cr Judy Heather was the only one to speak and vote against the motion.

“This is a long time coming and a great asset for the community,” Cr Mansfield said.

“We are now appointing a contractor. All ideas have been taken on board.”

“I’m in favour of this recommenda­tion. We need to make sure we do the project to a standard we are not cutting corners,” Cr Lawless added.

“The plans have really covered previous concerns and include more connectivi­ty.”

Cr Heather spoke of her doubts and said she would not back the recommenda­tion.

“I still have concerns. I feel as perhaps all questions have not been answered,” Cr Heather said.

“I am not backing the recommenda­tion as I have not been informed enough.”

Cr Peter Elliott said the consultant group did meet and discuss with the relevant parties and were more than willing to change any problems that arose in the plans.

“Now is the time to act and move forward with the project.”

“As a council we could never have done this project on our own so we have obtained grants from a number or avenues,” Cr Ed Cox said.

“We are now ready for it to go ahead.”

“I had similar concerns to Cr Heather early on in my term but I am now happy with the plans,” Cr Wayne Limbrick said.

“We need to understand that consultati­on doesn’t mean that we all get what we want. This developmen­t will also enhance livability in Yarrawonga.”

The further $1.2 million funding will be sufficient to cover the costs of the entire project, including on-costs, for both stages one and two.

Previously this project was discussed as a two-stage project.

The stages are:

• Stage one; comprises constructi­on of a modern library, community event and exhibition space, a commercial kitchen, storage facilities, customer service/reception areas, car parking, two outdoor spaces, a gallery and event space in the existing ground floor of the town hall, new female toilets in the existing ground floor of the town hall, and an accessible lift to the first floor of the existing town hall; and

• Stage two; a renovation of the areas of the town hall.

The contract allowed for both stages to be costed on the understand­ing that only stage one may be awarded. It is now recommende­d to proceed with both stages one and two of the project based on receipt of the submission from the preferred supplier.

Proceeding with stage two is considered more cost effective in the long run. It will also complete the overall project.

Works are to be completed within 15 months from the date of acceptance.

Following the completion of the project, council will look to offset some of the project funds by selling the current Yarrawonga Library building which has an estimated value of $670,000.

 ?? ?? Not far away: Once the tender is accepted the Yarrawonga Library, events and performanc­e precinct should be completed within 15 months.
Not far away: Once the tender is accepted the Yarrawonga Library, events and performanc­e precinct should be completed within 15 months.

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