Council says no to $10m building

A PROPOSED administration building, including an art gallery, for Banana Shire Council could cost $10m — and will not go ahead.

The council made the decision at last week’s meeting.

Mayor John Hooper said after evaluating the tender price submissions from six preferred tenderers, council decided not to accept any tender price as all tender amounts exceeded council’s expectations.

“However, council did resolve to commit to undertake further investigations to accommodate administration staff and council operations in one building location,” he said.

A report prepared by Project Services, a division of Queensland’s Works Department, identified a number of issues in relation to council’s existing buildings. Council then decided to investigate relocating staff into a single building which would have addressed the issues.

In May this year, council called for tenders to construct the building, which had been designed by a commissioned architect. Tenders closed mid-June.

“(Council officers) recommended to council that the tender amounts received exceeded cost expectations, and considered it is not financially viable for council to accept any tenders for the construction of a new administration building at this time,” Cr Hooper said.

“Council’s senior officers have been tasked by council to explore potential further options available and report back to council through a series of workshops for a new administration centre and art gallery.”



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