$1m Pottsville Centre gets go ahead

A NEW administration building costing more than $1 million at the Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre has finally been given the go-ahead.

Tweed Shire councillors had expressed fears last year they were not getting value for money from quotes for the job.

The councillors have awarded Anthony Adams Building Services a contract worth almost $1,080,000 for the work after confidential negotiations trimmed down earlier prices, which staff warned were too high.

In October councillors put the plans on ice after senior staff said the bids for construction work received from six companies, including some of Australia’s biggest builders, were simply too expensive.

They told staff to complete the design work and negotiate with builders for the “best value for money”.

The move threw a spanner in the works for plans for the long-awaited Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre, which includes youth facilities.

Councillors had given the green light to the project in July, providing $1.096 million in fees from local developers which had been set aside for the project, and called tenders.

A report to councillors last week said Anthony Adams Building Services had emerged as the preferred tenderer, but the company’s price was over budget.

“Further negotiations have taken place with the preferred tenderer, resulting in the revised tender price that meets budget restraints,” the report said.

In October a report to council revealed six companies had initially tendered, but all quotes exceeded the budget for the project.

Those companies were MultiSpan Australia, which had undertaken major council projects including Murwillumbah’s swimming pool and car park complex; Walton Constructions, one of the top 500 Australian private companies; Tweed Heads and Brisbane builder Cullen Group Australia; Gold Coast builder Glenzeil; AMFM Constructions, which has contracts with Sydney councils, and; south-east Queensland government contractor Shailer Constructions.

The council report said their tender prices “were substantially above the estimated budget”.

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