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September 4, 2019 - Tully Grandstand: Council chooses proven contractor with lowest tender

 (Caption) Three cheers!: Senator Susan McDonald, Mayor John Kremastos, local user group representatives and Council officers celebrate the announcement at the Tully Showgrounds earlier this week of the Federal funding which will enable the multi-million project to go ahead.
Cassowary Coast Regional Council has awarded the contract for the construction of the Tully Multi-Use Sporting Complex and Grandstand to Far Northern firm WIP QLD Pty Ltd.
The announcement follows a visit to Tully on Monday by LNP Senator for Queensland Susan McDonald to advise that the Morrison Government had provided the $3 million needed to complete funding for the $7.1 million project through the Community Development Grants Program.
The Queensland State Government has contributed $3 million and the Cassowary Coast Regional Council $1.1 million towards the project at the Tully Showgrounds. Council will also spend a further $400,000 on upgrading the water mains to the Tully Showgrounds. Additional funding was donated by Tully Tigers Rugby League Club, Tully Junior Rugby League Club, Tully Touch Football Association and Tully District Show Society.
The Tully Multi-Use Sporting Complex and Grandstand Upgrade will provide new covered seating for up to 600 people, disabled access, new change rooms for sports clubs and meeting and function rooms.
The complex, which will be used when needed as a disaster coordination centre, will also include a new administration office and media area, bar and canteen, timekeeper box and parents’ room.
“This is truly a venue for all the community and hopefully we’ll see plenty more junior footballers come through in the footsteps of recent home-grown Cowboys player Jake Clifford,” Senator McDonald said.
Grant Blennerhassett, president of Tully Junior Rugby League, said the new sporting complex and grandstand had been a long time coming and definitely was well-deserved for the community.
“It will change our town and make it very easy for volunteers with user-friendly facilities,” Mr Blennerhassett said.
“We won’t have to move stuff when it floods and to make room during the annual show. It’s not just a sporting facility. There is a training room and upstairs is a full function room. People will be able to use it for functions. It will have a very good layout.”
Michael Jones from the Tully Touch Association said there were more than 200 players in the Touch competition and around 200 youngsters in the Junior Rugby League.
“It’s great; this facility is exactly what we need,” Mr Jones said.
Council CEO James Gott said WIP QLD Pty Ltd was one of nine tenderers for the project, including two Cassowary Coast businesses. WIP’s tender of $5,622,810 was $1,143,018 and $654,990 respectively less than the two local tenders.
“This tender represents value for money from a proven contractor, who will be proactive in engaging local Cassowary Coast sub-contractors and suppliers during the 45-week build,” Mr Gott said.
“The Tender Evaluation team recommended Cairns-based WIP QLD’s tender be accepted, based on their high quality submission, detailed methodology, price advantage and considerable relevant experience.
“WIP QLD Pty Ltd has a proven track record with similar projects for Cairns City Council at Barlow Park and West Barlow Park, and sports grounds amenities, carpark and subdivision at Petersen Park.
“WIP QLD’S submission was thorough and satisfied the information requirements for all criteria.
“We received good feedback from referee checks and provided a detailed response on their approach for the construction. Their program and proactive management of procurement demonstrate that they understand the local conditions and the need to be proactive in maximising building time in Tully’s environment.”