Why $170k project blew out to $575k

MANSFIELD Shire Council has sought to explain how a $170,000 project blew out to $575,786.

In the council meeting agenda on October 21, the Greenvale Lane project involving widening, sealing and draining the Mt Battery Road side of the bridge had increased from the original budget of $170,000 out to $575,786.

Former shire engineering manager, David Westphalen, said the initial budget ($170,000) was based solely on the intersection between Greenvale Lane and Mt Battery Road and he was not present at Mansfield Shire Council when the project was expanded.

The new scope of works would have involved a public tender as the cost exceeded the $200,000 allowed for under the Act.

The minutes of the August 19 council meeting disclose that a tender had been advertised and would close on September 3; the advertised tender appeared the same day.

At the September 16 meeting of council it was announced tenders had been received and recommendations to award the contract were scheduled for approval.

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