City of Wanneroo cancels building contract for new Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club


Works stalled on the Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club.
Works stalled on the Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club.

THE City of Wanneroo has terminated its $4.53 million contract with the builder of the new Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club.

In a statement this afternoon, the City cited a substantial departure from the approved construction program without reasonable cause.

It formally notified DGX Construction (formerly Diploma Construction) of the termination on Thursday, September 29.

The City’s assets director Harminder Singh said the City has taken possession of and would secure the site.

“There had been an adequate performance for several months from the award of the contract in February,” he said.

“However, from August the City had become increasingly concerned with the departure from the approved program.”

The City’s immediate plan is to facilitate parking and access to the existing surf club building, as well as a pedestrian access to the beach, while it undertakes the procurement process for appointing a new contractor to finish the building.

Evaluation and documentation of the remaining work will be fast-tracked to allow for a new tender to be called this year.

As reported in the Weekender yesterday, club president John Heesters said delays in completion of the new building would not affect lifesaver patrols at Yanchep Lagoon.

“We would still operate out of the old surf club,” he said.

With construction originally due for completion in November, Mr Heesters said the volunteer group now expected to move into the new building in mid-2017.