THE Glenelg Shire is expected to announce the successful contractor for its proposed 70-berth marina project in Portland Harbour within weeks, according to mayor Gilbert Wilson.
And work on the $2 million marina is planned to start by the end of this month.
Cr Wilson said yesterday the shire had tightened up its processes on major project contracts considerably in recent times to protect the council and sub-contractors.
“We are going through a more stringent process these days,” he said.
Cr Wilson said the more stringent process was in part, a reaction to what had happened during the construction of the Portland Child and Family Complex in which many local sub-contractors were left thousands of dollars out of pocket when major contractor, the now failed Andeco Construction Group Pty Ltd failed to pay them, and also to the recent financial collapse of major construction group Akron.
It is understood the council decided to award the marina contract during the closed session of its ordinary meeting in March, but has since held back on signing the contract until further financial information was received.
Cr Wilson said the marina project was a major aspect of the $6 million plus Portland Harbour stage one works and that the council was keen to get the project happening as soon as possible.
“We don’t need any negative developments to happen on this one … it is my understanding that work on the marina will start shortly after the successful contractor is announced.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.