Former showgrounds development progresses

BUNDABERG Regional Council has commissioned a Bundaberg contractor to start work on the former showgrounds redevelopment - to the tune of $3.24 million.

The subdivision construction and multiplex building staging was put out to tender in January this year, with 13 submissions received.

Tenders were shortlisted and decided on the following criteria: local content 5%; relevant experience 20%; management 10%; time performance 15% and; price 50%.

The council wrote that the highest-weighted tender score was achieved by Bundaberg company Development Construction Pty Ltd (DEVCON), scoring 82%.

But the other 12 tender prices were not listed. Construction company DEVCON was started by Andrew and Nicole Santalucia in 2009.

DEVCON put in a tender of $3,245,704.21 for the Bundaberg Showgrounds Redevelopment subdivision construction. The recommendation to accept the DEVCON tender was approved by a unanimous council vote at a Special Meeting of council on Wednesday this week.

Division six councillor Danny Rowleson was unable to attend and did not vote on the agenda item.

The approval will see stage 1A of the Multiplex Building Construction started. Stage 1A includes meeting/ community rooms, weights/ cardio rooms, gymnastics areas and associated reception as well as amenities, circulation and plant spaces.

But Matthew Dagan, project manager and author of the agenda item document, Strategic Projects, said in the absence of any partnership funding from the state or federal governments, it could not progress further.

"Council's current 10-year capital forecasts only provides funding for stage 1A Multiplex Building Construction," he wrote.

"However, the construction of just Stage 1A (or additionally Stage 1B) will not provide the sought emergency evacuation capacity, which replies on the construction of Stage 2."

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