Corangamite Shire Council has called for tenders for the Port Campbell Town Centre Revitalisation Project – it’s the Council’s second attempt at getting the project off the ground after a first call for tenders went unanswered.
The package includes works on the Great Ocean Road roundabout, traffic calming, Tregea Street and the Morris Street footpath, Council said today.
Following last year’s announcement of State and Federal Government funding for the project, Council advertised for tenders in December but none were received.
“Council sought feedback from companies who downloaded the tender documents, but chose not to reply, to find out why they did not submit a tender,” it said in a statement today.
“This feedback cited market conditions, the release date of the tender, COVID outbreaks during the tender period limiting the ability of the business to respond and staff shortages.
“Based on this feedback the Tender has been split into different sections to allow smaller companies to bid.”
Tenders are now being sought from suitably qualified and experienced contractors to undertake the 2022 Works Package. A tender for the 2023 works package will be issued separately, Council said.
Coastal Ward Councillor, Jamie Vogels said it was great to see the contract go out to tender again.
“This project has been a long time coming with a lot of to and fro with the community and numerous changes to the plans based on their feedback,” Cr Vogels said.
“All going well, we hope the contract will be awarded by June and the first physical works can finally start in November.
“The 2023 works will involve Lord Street and the foreshore. Council is still completing work on that package and the tender will go out later this year.”
The project is set to improve the amenity, function and safety of the town. It will also create a pedestrian-friendly destination with wider footpaths and better connections between the centre, headlands and Twelve Apostles.
Tenders close at 5 pm on Friday 17 June. Specifications, drawings and lodgement here.