Deputy mayor lone voice against centre

WA firm Sandover Pinder will work collaboratively with aquatic specialists DWP Suters after beating out eight other bidders.

A report to council said the company should be appointed based on its experience with similar facilities and its understanding of project demands.

Sandover Pinder managing director David Karotkin said his team was excited to work on what should be considered the best aquatic centre in Australia.

‘This project is significant for the City of Cockburn and a key component for the development of Cockburn Central West,’ he said.

Cr Allen admitted he was a lone voice against the project, but reiterated his previous concern that the project was too big for the council to handle.

‘This project is far too large for a local government to be taking on and is more in the realms of the state government,’ he said.

‘It is good value for the Fremantle Dockers, but ongoing costs will only increase the need to lift rates, placing more pressure on ratepayers. This does not represent good value for our ratepayers.’

He lost eight votes to one.