The layout of the proposed Clarence Valley Council depot on the corner of Skinner and Tyson sts, South Grafton.
The layout of the proposed Clarence Valley Council depot on the corner of Skinner and Tyson sts, South Grafton. Contributed

Questions about council depot contamination levels

COUNCILLORS have queried assumptions and costings in a consultant's report on a proposed $13million depot in South Grafton.

Despite Tuesday's Clarence Valley Council endorsing a report from the AEC group titled Depot Options Review, there were queries about costings and the amount of contamination on some of the sites.

The report showed the council could save about $1million annually by consolidating its five Grafton works depots into one new site at South Grafton on the site of the old sewerage works.

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Councillor Karen Toms said there were contamination problems at all the depot sites, but the report said there were no issues at the Bruce St depot.

She also said the $685,000 planning costs in the report should have been closer to $1million because costs associated with the appointment of a project manager had not been included.

Council general manager Scott Greensill said the costs of the project office had been split across two projects, the depot consolidation and a project to consolidate council offices.

Cr Toms also quizzed the general manager over the presence of asbestos on the sites.

"Will the amount allocated here for reclamation change," she said. "Is it expected to rise, considering the asbestos issues now discussed."

Mr Greensill said the costs for dealing with reclamation of the depot, like all the figures in the report, were indicative.

"The report does not include asbestos," he said. "If in the process they come across asbestos, they will have to deal with it.

"The best information we've got is that will be the cost for remediation; if more information comes to light, we will remedy the situation."

Councillors also asked about the $5million figure in the report for the sale of the depot sites.

Mr Greensill said these figures had been prepared by a professional valuer, but were still only an indication of what council could expect.

"The market is the market," he said.

Councillors voted unanimously to accept the report.



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