COVID-19’s impact on Shute Harbour redevelopment
WORKS on Shute Harbour redevelopement are likely to be delayed as state border closures may impact the delivery of construction materials.
In the ordinary council meeting yesterday, director of corporate services Jason Bradshaw said there was a “high likelihood” the project would be delayed.
“With the COVID-19 and the border closures, we may run into difficulty with our piling operations for Shute Harbour as the piling company is a Western Australian company,” he said.
“We have been informed, however, there are other resources within Queensland and South Australia with that company, like sister companies, so we are hoping that those works will still be able to proceed but there is a high likelihood that the project may be delayed.”
The project was originally due to be completed by mid-2021.
In the meeting, Mayor Andrew Willcox asked Mr Bradshaw whether access to Shute Harbour could be reopened during delays.
“If we can make it easier on our community, I’d like to try to,” he said.
Mr Bradshaw said council would investigate these considerations when more information about contracts was available.
Queensland closed its borders in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus last night, while Western Australia enforces travel restrictions on Tuesday.
The $54.5 million Shute Harbour began in January and will see a complete rebuild of the seawall, terminal, pontoons and carpark, which were destroyed by Cyclone Debbie almost three years ago.