Esperance Shire Council votes to award tender to replace jetty

The concept design for the new Esperance Jetty. Photo: Shire of Esperance.

The concept design for the new Esperance Jetty. Photo: Shire of Esperance.

BREAKING: The Esperance Shire Council has awarded a $6.8 million tender for the construction of the Esperance Tanker Jetty replacement to Maritime Constructions.

The council voted 7-1 to award the tender behind closed doors at a Special Council Meeting tonight, October 1. Councillor Dale Piercey voted against the item and councillor Shelley Payne left the room before the item was voted on.

The tender was advertised for $6 million, however council passed a budget variation of $800,000 from its Priority Project Reserves fund on top of the $6 million. As part of the motion, council also voted to enter a legal agreement with Maritime Constructions as soon as possible.

An amendment by Ms Piercey and seconded by Ms Payne to lay the matter down and negotiate with the state government for a '$2.3 million funding shortfall' was defeated 2-7.

Before going behind closed doors, an amendment by Ms Payne and seconded by Ms Piercey to delay the vote until after the October 19, Esperance Council Election was also defeated 2-7.

The tender was advertised from July 27 to September 2 receiving tenders from three companies with both compliant designs and alternative timber designs.

The successful tender is a 400 metre compliant design.

The design was led by H+H Architect director Julie De Jong and received approval from the WA Heritage Council and Heritage Minister David Templeman. The minister issued a section 64 permit for the deconstruction of the Tanker Jetty at the end of June.

The jetty replacement received $4 million from the federal government's Building Better Regions fund, with the remaining funds coming from the shire.

More to come.