Bridge over the Clyde gets shire?s approval

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

CALLIOPE Shire Council is moving forward with a bridge construction at Clyde Creek after it was approved dur-ing yesterday's council meeting.

The council has approved a total of $600,000 to fund a bridge on Wyndham Road to span Clyde Creek.

Design work for this project commenced in 2004/05 and was undertaken by engineering consultants.

Tenders were the called for bridge design and construction. But the process caused some controversy with one tender challenging the approval of another tender.

Calliope Shire Council CEO Graeme Kanofski said one company had challenged the process because one tender submission was late.

'That tenderer was late getting their proposal in the mail at the close, but got a statutory declaration to back it up,' Mr Kanofski said.

The successful tenderer was Sudholz Bridge and Precast Pty Ltd.

Construction will start late January, early February next year.

Sudholz is a civil construction company based in Goondiwindi. Mr Kanofski said the project would be a grand one and take about six months to build.

Staff assessment determined the offer from Sudholz to be the most attractive to the council.

The design has taken into account increased safety of cyclists and pedestrians as well.

Eisteddfod support THE Calliope City Council has thrown support behind Gladstone hosting the Queensland Eisteddfod Easter 2006.

The event will be staged from Monday, April 10 to Easter Sunday, April 16.

Staging the event here will allow local singers, musicians and speech students to be part of state level competition.

While several venues will be used, the event will be centred on the Gladstone Entertainment Centre.

Calliope CEO Graeme Kanofski said council would donate $500 to help with the much anticipated event.

'It will be great to support this event, we have always supported the Gladstone Eisteddfod year by year,' Mr Kanofski said.

This will be the 113th annual Queensland Eisteddfod.

The different levels of donations have a sliding scale and the Calliope Council will have 'Alto' level.

'Support for this event is going to be great for the Gladstone region,' Mr Kanofski said.



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