The critical underground components of the eagerly anticipated zero-depth water play feature are now nearing completion.
Deputy Mayor Graham Scott said with underground works soon to be completed, the project will move into the exciting above ground construction phase where the water play elements will at last start taking shape.
“Given the massive disruptions caused by Cyclone Marcia, it is a real credit to Vee Design and the JM Kelly team that this major project has been able to still proceed,” he said.
“The importance of this Stage 3 project as an integral part of our economic recovery strategies cannot be overstated.
“The water-play area will also be an exceptional Christmas present for our community given what everyone has been through this year.
“The project steering committee has now however recommended Council defer construction of the stage roof and amphitheatre shade structures until next year.
“Unfortunately the risk of wet weather delays is too great to reliably guarantee a pre-Christmas completion,” Cr Scott said.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said Council has been in contact with the State Government to seek permission to delay the amphitheatre components until the New Year.
“One of the primary conditions of the funding agreement with the State Government was that all components of Stage 3 be completed prior to the end of 2015,” he said.
“The last thing the community and businesses need would be to have a foreshore construction site over the peak Christmas and New Year holiday period.
“Council is confident that under the circumstance the State Government will support what we believe is a reasonable request to defer.
“Deferment will also give the community an opportunity to view the stage and shade structure designs on the Council website prior to the awarding of tenders.
“Council will also confirm in coming weeks whether the first roll-out of free Wi-Fi on the foreshore will be available in time for Christmas,” Cr Ludwig said.