Sunday, April 10, 2011

Important update on the Liardet Family and Children's Centre

I would like to let you know about two things affecting the planned Liardet Family and Children's Centre that are the subject of a report to Council tomorrow night. On 15 March 2011 Council awarded a contract to construct the Liardet Street Family and Children's Centre to Maxstra Constructions Pty Ltd for $4,256,946 [inlusive of GST]. Since then

  • Maxstra Constructions' representatives have advised Council that MC will not enter into a contract for the sum it tendered. They claim that costs of materials and labour have increased significantly since they priced the project

  • In addition, the Victorian Heritage Council has received a nomination to include Lady Forster Kindergarten on the Victorian Heritage Register. This process may take up to 4 months and will delay the construction of the project. [The building was unsuccessfully nominated for the Register in 2009.]

It is recommended that Council rescind the resolution of 15 March and re-tenders the project owing to the unavoidable delay consideration of the heritage nomination represents. To read the full report going to Council, please go to the meeting reports page here.


Anonymous said...

As one of the families that attend Albert Park College Childcare Centre and a local Community member, it is extremly frustrating to hear that the Centre will be forced to spend even more time in the temporary facility.
Families are fully aware that our Director has been working hard to ensure that families and staff at the centre are happy, but how much more will she and the staff have to endure?
This process it taking a considerable amount of toll on the Director and Staff at APCCC and I believe it is now getting ridiculous that what should have only been 18 months in a temporary facility will now be nearly 5 1/2 years!

Janet Bolitho said...

I completely share your frustration and know what a toll this has taken on everyone.