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Council looks at alternative raw water supply

Murray Shire Council has received a breakdown of costs of the alternative raw water supply for Moama reserve.

ZACHU HUBBER June 6, 2014 3:37am

Murray Shire council has received a cost breakdown of the alternative raw water supply to Moama Recreation Reserve.

Engineering services director Leigh Robins presented a report on the issue at council’s ordinary meeting at Bunnaloo on Tuesday.

Council resolved at its ordinary meeting on April 15 that a further report be provided.

The total estimated cost was $248,500, including $25,000 for contingency and $55,000 for three-phase power to the site.

Cr Gen Campbell questioned the need for three-phase power and the contingency amount.

Mr Robins stressed the report was an estimate and that ‘‘you’re not going to spend a quarter of million dollars on a design’’ without the correct contingency.

General manager Margot Stork said it was standard for a contingency value to be between 10 and 15 per cent of the total.

Cr Geoff Mackenzie said the cost was excessive and the entire project could instead cost between $50,000 and $60,000.

Cr Chris Bilkey told council he would accept the expertise of Mr Robins.

The report was noted by council.

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