Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

JOONDALUP coun­cil­lors have been rec­om­mended to ini­ti­ate the de­sign de­vel­op­ment phase of the pro­posed $100 mil­lion Joondalup per­form­ing arts project.

The item will be pre­sented at tonight’s coun­cil brief­ing, be­fore go­ing to a vote at the meet­ing on June 27.

As out­lined in the coun­cil doc­u­ment re­leased on Fri­day, the de­sign de­vel­op­ment phase will cre­ate a re­port to “bet­ter in­form the busi­ness case and al­low the coun­cil to more ac­cu­rately as­sess the over­all costs of the de­vel­op­ment while also pro­vid­ing a greater level of de­tail in the de­sign”.

“The com­ple­tion of de­tailed de­sign will en­able the project to progress to a doc­u­men­ta­tion and ten­der­ing stage where fi­nal cost­ings would be iden­ti­fied prior to a de­ci­sion to pro­ceed with the con­struc­tion of the fa­cil­ity,” it said.

This is es­ti­mated to cost $1.7 mil­lion (ex­clud­ing GST), which forms part of the over­all $99.7 mil­lion cost.

How­ever, the doc­u­ment states that pro­gress­ing to this phase “does not com­mit the coun­cil to pro­ceed­ing with the over­all de­vel­op­ment”.

Of­fi­cers have also rec­om­mended coun­cil­lors note that the City will “en­gage the ser­vices of a project di­rec­tor to as­sist with the de­sign de­vel­op­ment phase” and that a re­view of the busi­ness case will be done at the same time.

The re­port also con­tains re­sults from the com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion held from Fe­bru­ary 16 to March 30. It states that the City col­lected 1542 valid re­sponses, of which 740 (48 per cent) sup­ported the project and 646 (42 per cent) were op­posed. Of the valid re­sponses, 1289 were from res­i­dents or ratepay­ers of the City, with 520 (40 per cent) in sup­port and 638 (49 per cent) op­posed.

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