Wanneroo lighting upgrades savings transferred to Girrawheen project


Picture: Martin Kennealey
Picture: Martin Kennealey

SAVINGS from lighting upgrades in Wanneroo have been transferred to a Girrawheen project to accommodate unforeseen work.

The City of Wanneroo’s 2016-17 capital works program included $133,605 to supply and install four floodlighting towers at Hudson Park.

During construction, the contractor found poor foundation soil conditions at two of the towers and a subsequent geotechnical assessment recommended upgrading the towers’ footings, costing an additional $54,416.

A report presented by the City at the May 9 council meeting said construction projects had an “inherent risk of unforeseen circumstances” and the mitigation measures taken were essential for safety.

It proposed sourcing the additional funding from the Badgerup and Hawkins roads street lighting upgrade project in Wanneroo, which was $72,000 under budget.

“The surplus funds resulted from a change of project scope after a night time audit of the street lighting effectiveness determined that altering existing street lighting layout was not feasible without new street light poles, however the replacement of the existing type of globes and the installation of additional guide posts with chevron signs at the bends would improve road safety at this location,” the report said.

Councillor Dianne Guise asked for consideration to be given to the Wanneroo lighting project in the City’s next budget and the transfer of funds was support unanimously by councillors.

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