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22 December, 2020

Hub set to kick start 2021

THE long awaited new library and Cedric Davies Community Hub in Mareeba is set to get underway in January, kick starting $4 million in capital works across the Shire.

By Rhys Thomas

The Cedric Davies Community Hub refurbishment was awarded to Cairns company, Osborne Construction Solutions last week.

THE long awaited new library and Cedric Davies Community Hub in Mareeba is set to get underway in January, kick starting $4 million in capital works across the Shire. 

At last Wednesdays ordinary and final meeting of 2020, the Mareeba Shire Council awarded and endorsed a number of tenders to the value of $4 million. 

Cairns construction company, Osborne Construction Solutions has been awarded the refurbishment of the Cedric Davies Community Hub, while Mareeba builder Mindil Pty Ltd has been contracted to construct the new pound and animal refuge facility. 

FNQ Solar Solutions was awarded the tender for the Shire wide solar project.

After awarding the tender of the Hub works to a Cairns builder, Council stated that they (the builder) will work with local suppliers and contractors to refurbish the old Bowls Club into a modern new library and community space. 

Osborne Construction Solutions were successful over two other Mareeba-based construction companies to secure the refurbishment with the motion to award them the tender carried unanimously.

Each of the tenders for the refurbishment was evaluated and scored against the criteria set out in the tender documents with each business given a total score for their submission. 

The lowest tender, which was Osborne Construction Solutions, came in at $990,610 for the refurbishment. 

MSC Mayor Angela Top- pin said that while pricing is important other factors take part in deciding which company is awarded the tender. 

“While the price is clearly important, there are several other factors that play a significant role of the evaluation,” Cr Toppin said. 

“Part of this criteria includes locality consideration which is built into the overall tender evaluation process.

“Council always likes to see projects awarded to local contractors but at the same time we must get the best value for money we can for the ratepayers’ dollar.” 

MSC gives preference to local businesses giving them a 10% price advantage on the first $50,000 of a contract which equals a maximum of $5,000 leeway for local businesses lodging their tenders.

This means that for a local business to be given preference they must only be a maximum of $5,000 more expensive than alternative tenders. 

“Council has been in discussions and negotiations with the contractor for the Hub project, and we are satisfied that local suppliers and sub-contractors will be utilised wherever possible,” Cr Toppin said. 

Mayor Toppin said Council is very appreciative to both the State and Federal Governments for the grants Council has received. 

“All of these projects are funded through grants and we are extremely grateful to both levels of government for the assistance provided to enable Council to deliver these projects without burdening the ratepayer,” she said. 

Mareeba Chamber of Commerce President Joe Moro said while the Chamber is naturally disappointed with Council’s decision to not award the tender to a Mareeba company, it is ultimately their decision. 

“It’s a bit disappointing from the chambers point of view, we would have preferred to have a Mareeba business,” he said. 

“At the end of the day it is Council’s decision and they are answerable to the ratepayers. 

“Hopefully even though they are a Cairns contractor, we hope they will source a lot of Mareeba sub-contractors.”

The Cedric Davies Community Hub Refurbishment is planned to start on January 11, 2021 with construction scheduled to be finished in early to mid-April 2021, weather permitting.

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