Councillors vote to award Grafton administration building contract

The refurbishment of the Clarence Valley Council Administration building in Prince Street, Grafton is set to commence in December after Councillors voted to proceed with the contract.

Mayor Cr Jim Simmons welcomed the decisive vote and affirmed that the upgrade of the building, originally constructed in the late 1960s, was essential to ensure a safe, accessible and energy efficient building fit for the 21st century.

“This isn’t just about fixing leaking ceilings and a lick of paint - back in the 1960s when this building was constructed, accessibility and environmental standards were not considered.”

“Having an accessible building for everyone is not a luxury it is a basic requirement.”

“As an organisation we have a responsibility to ensure that all members of the public, staff and Councillors are able to access the building in a safe and dignified manner.”

The refurbished building will include a lift and accessible amenities in line with national construction standards.

Council General Manager Ashley Lindsay also highlighted the environmental benefits of the refurbished building.

“There will be an increase in the solar panels on the roof, LED lighting, insulation will be installed and improvements in the heating and cooling system - all of which point to lower running costs.”

As part of the tender process and in line with Council’s procurement policy there is a 15% weighting on local content which will be a fillip to the local economy.

“What this means is that the Contractor tasked to deliver the refurbishment has a requirement to use local sub-contractors and suppliers wherever possible as part of the project.”

“In addition, a progress report will go to Council every two months which will not only address how this project is meeting local content but also Aboriginal employment outcomes,” Mr Lindsay added.

Work on the refurbishment is due to commence immediately with works expected to be completed by September 2021. On Monday 7 December, Council’s Grafton Customer Service Centre will be relocated to 42 Victoria Street.  

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26 November 2020
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