$67K fish station idea sinks for 1770 because of cost

THE idea of a fish cleaning station at Seventeen Seventy has been left out at sea because it would cost more than $40,000 than it was budgeted for.

Gladstone Regional Council representatives met with Agnes Water residents to discuss the installation of a fish cleaning station at a meeting at the marina on September 1.

A fish cleaning station won't be built at Seventeen Seventy anytime soon.
A fish cleaning station won't be built at Seventeen Seventy anytime soon. Contributed

The proposal, budgeted at $25,000, was met with community approval, with suggestions made at the meeting.

The estimated cost for the project is $67,000.

The majority of this is the $46,000 cost ($29,000 materials and $17,000 labour and equipment) for the fish cleaning station to be connected to the sewerage network.

Other costs:

$9000 - fish cleaning station table

$4000 - labour, equipment, installation of the station (excluding sewerage network connection work)

$7000 - power and lighting

$1000 - signage

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the installation of a fish cleaning station on the site remained a desirable outcome but the project had to be deferred after cost estimates came in considerably higher than budgeted for.

"The concept is a good one, with a four-bay stainless steel bench and water access hooked up to the sewerage network, to be located near the Council depot on the State Emergency Service Access Road off Captain Cook Drive," Cr Burnett said.

"Unfortunately, costs involved with establishing the facility far exceed the $25,000 budget for the project and Council has deferred the project for consideration in its 2017/18 budget."

Cr Burnett thanked the Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy communities for their input into the project and added that Council would include them in future deliberations regarding the project.



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