City Hub decision delayed

SHELLHARBOUR City Council's final decision on whether it will proceed with the City Hub project has been pushed back by months after a delay in the lodging of the development application.

The delay was caused by a recent cost and design analysis of the draft plans for the City Hub.

The analysis assessed whether the design of the City Hub would meet its specifications and if its estimated construction cost would fall within the project's budget.

"The value engineering exercise was conducted on the draft City Hub design to help find cost savings in overall construction costs without compromising its functionality," a council spokesperson said.

"While the exercise was successful, the process slightly delayed other work that was allocated funding in the annual budget and will be held over for the next budget."

The council's quarterly review of its Operational Plan 2013-14 for the quarter from January 1 to March 1, endorsed at the last council meeting, showed the delayed work was worth $873,226.

After the development application is lodged a report would come back to the council and the vote on that report would determine if the project would go ahead or not.

Council general manager Michael Willis said that report would likely be presented two months later than planned.

"There's been quite an extensive amount of work done on completing the DA with the result that it's now intended to lodge it later than we planned," he said.

The report will be going to the meeting of the council in October.

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