Aerial view of Wherrett Park Maclean
Aerial view of Wherrett Park Maclean Adam Hourigan

Lower Clarence company misses works tender by almost $90,000

CLARENCE Valley Council has shown a local company which missed out on a share of $950,000 contract to upgrade a sports field was almost $90,000 over the successful bid.

At Tuesday's extraordinary council meeting in Grafton Mayor Richie Williamson moved successfully to have the tender figures from both compliant tenders for the project included in the minutes of the meeting.

The tender was for the construction of sportsground drainage at Wherrett Park, Maclean,

The successful tenderer, Ledonne Construction Pty, submitted a figure of $242,925.80 for the job.

Townsend firm Corbett Earthmoving Pty Ltd's tender was $332,372.70.

Both companies had been in discussions with the council after their original tenders, submitted late last year, had been rejected.

A third tenderer which had been rejected last year, The Green Horticulture Group Pty Ltd, missed out on the second round of tenders because its submission missed the December 24 deadline.

Although based in the southern Sydney suburb of Carlton, Ledonne Constructions has been operating in the Clarence Valley for the past seven years.

It established a depot in Hyde St, South Grafton, and local construction manager Shaun Zimmerman said the company employs about 20 local people.

"We're a sponsor for a lot of local sports teams and groups and we spend about $2million a year with local businesses," Mr Zimmerman said.

"We've done numerous jobs successfully for the council."

An earlier story in The Daily Examiner confused the total cost of the project, $950,000 with the successful tender figure of $242,925.80. The paper apologises for the mistake.



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