Frustration at memorial delay

Works on the memorial and stage were halted after City of Canning-appointed builders, Robinson Build-Tech (RBT), were placed into liquidation.

The $2,796,855 project, which was planned to be completed before April 25, is 70-80 per cent complete, with a large portion of the stage and memorial finished.

City of Canning Commissioner Steven Cole said the City appointed RBT to construct the memorial, located behind the City�s Civic Centre, as part of a normal tender process.

�When selected, they were an established construction company with a reputation as a reliable, high-quality organisation,� Mr Cole said.

The City has approached the builder selected as the second choice in the tender to provide a quote and proposal to finish the project.

�The recommencement of construction and completion will be set in the coming weeks when the City has established a new project timeline with the new builder,� Mr Cole said.

�The memorial and stage will be open for the Remembrance Day Celebration later in the year and we hope to have construction completed well in advance of that event.�

Mr Cole said there would be some additional costs associated with the appointment of a new builder.

Canning Districts RSL secretary Terry Reynolds, who served in the army, navy and air force, said he was disappointed the new site would not be ready in time.

�Anzac Day has been established on the landing of Gallipoli and we remember persons who were at that battle in Gallipoli, but we mustn�t forget all the other battles that went on around that time,� he said.

�The new war memorial was going to mention all these battles and wars, but the old one just has the First World War on it.

�I�m a bit disappointed the new war memorial site isn�t ready because we were all geared up to celebrate the opening of a new concept remembering soldiers of all wars.�

An RBT spokesman said the new war memorial was a good project with good architect and good subcontractors and client, but its company was unable to continue to trade.

�Our problem was with other contracts,� the spokesman said.

n THE City will hold an Anzac Day ceremony at the Albany Highway war memorial as it has done in the past.