Councils miss the fine print

Councils miss the fine print

‘It was naivete that it wasn’t recognised that the building was that complicated,’ Mr Morris said. ‘That was a mistake.’

The councils’ library management committee oversees the flagship building that received Federal Government funding.

‘But the library management committee manages only the day-to-day running of the library and is not a ‘whole of facility’ management committee,’ Mr Norris said.

The Grove dumps toilet solids that were supposed to be treated on-site to the sewer, reticulation is not watering the grounds properly and the community centre lost $63,000 in 2012-13.

Other problems have been a $147,000 replacement hot water bore and a demonstration 7m-high wind turbine that was too low to produce power. Bolt holes were also found to be incorrect during fitting of a 14m pole for the turbine last Tuesday. A 2013-14 draft budget for The Grove indicates work not done during construction requires $11,000 to seal decking, and $12,000 to upgrade a computer managing heating and cooling systems.

‘They were all working when they were handed over and the problems have developed since,’ Peppermint Grove development services manager Michael Whitbread said.

Mr Norris, Peppermint Grove President Rachel Thomas and council chief executives will review the systems, but Cottesloe wants the library management committee to do the work.

At Cottesloe last week, Mayor Kevin Morgan said committee member Cr Peter Jeanes had been ‘taken for ride’ by backing the review, which would cost ‘a packet’.

Cr Jeanes said committee members did not have the expertise for the review before he resigned from it in protest at his council’s decision and Mr Morgan’s comments.

Cr Thomas said it had been thought the review would comprise committee members, mayors and chief executives, and that the community centre’s losses were budgeted.