Council accepts $1m landscape tender

Wanneroo landscaping
Wanneroo landscaping

The Wanneroo City Council accepted Skyline Landscape Services (WA)’s tender submission to maintain road verges and median strips on nine arterial roads within the City, including Wanneroo Road from Joondalup Drive to Beach Road.

The council agreed to pay Skyline more than $1.07 million over three years to maintain streetscapes.

At the July council briefing session, councillor Brett Treby asked why there was a disparity of nearly $700,000 between Skyline Landscape Services’ quote and the next lowest of the four eligible submissions.

City infrastructure director Dennis Blair said there was always concern when a price came in lower than others.

‘We arranged for the directors of that company to come to Perth,’ he said. ‘We are convinced that they will be able to set themselves up and start from the commencement date.

‘It’s a new company ” this will be the first (local government) contract that I think they will have in WA.’

Asked by Cr Bob Smithson what guarantees the City would take to prevent financial exposure, Mr Blair said it would only pay once services were completed.

Skyline’s managing director Colin Richardson said they were ‘thrilled’ with the contract and would be employing local staff and managers, as well as buying equipment in WA.

Other roads included in the contract are Alexander Drive, Beach Road, Hepburn Avenue, Lenore Road, Marangaroo Drive, Mirrabooka Avenue, Ocean Reef Road and Pinjar Road.