Treatment plant upgrade delayed

THE proposed Tyalgum Water Treatment Plant Upgrade could be delayed up to three months after Tweed Shire Council declined to accept any of the tenders received for the project.

The council’s water manager, Anthony Burnham, said of the four contractors who were identified as expressions of interest, only one tender was received and it was inconsistent with the budget allowed by the council for the project.

“From our perspective, the price was significantly high,” Mr Burnham said.

The council has now resolved to enter into negotiations with all original expressions of interest and other parties to develop a probatory plan, which would allow it to split the project between multiple contractors.

“Independent Commission against Corruption guidelines allow us to develop a probatory plan to negotiate with various parties including those that have already tendered,” Mr Burnham said.

“Instead of taking the tender as one project package, we’re going to split the package up.

“Putting all that together we hope to get a total cost much closer to our budget.”

The plan also allows the council to carry out some less technical aspects of the project such as external pipe work and other standard procedures.

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