Local, out of town company battle for $700K development contract
DAREDEVILS, Optus customers and non-smokers could all be big winners after the council meets today to discuss the tender for a $700,000 pump track, whether a new Optus tower can go ahead and if beaches should be smoke free.
The council has narrowed its choice for the pump-track tender to two contenders, with the Cairns-based pump-track builders World Trail firming as favourites against local firm Blomfield Excavations.
Although World Trail is not a local business, a council report found that "80% of World Trail's value of works" will be spent locally.
Mobile phone reception in Gladstone can be hit and miss but a little ray of sunshine may be around the corner, with Optus hoping to secure a lease to build at tower at Gladstone Clay Target Club.
With changes to smoking laws coming in at the start of this month, the council will consider whether to go further and ban smoking at all beaches in the region.