A new road snakes its way through the Gympie region.
A new road snakes its way through the Gympie region. Craig Warhurst

Plans now in progress for Gympie

THEY’RE making big plans for the future at Gympie Regional Council, with a contractor chosen this week to prepare the documents which will help guide the region’s progress in coming years.

But the plan will have to fit in with over-arching State Government plans, under its Draft Statutory Plan for the larger Wide Bay Burnett Region, of which Gympie Region is the southern-most portion.

Tenders were advertised in August and attracted 10 firms, with fees for the contract ranging from $190,040 to $308,198.

Council’s director of planning and development Michael Hartley told Wednesday’s council general meeting quotations averaged $260,000 to $270,000, with the winning tender at about that – $270,100.

It was lodged by Milton-based planning consultancy Craven Ovenden Town Planning.

Mr Hartley said there had been “two or three very good tenders” but the experience of the chosen firm in dealing with Local Government was an advantage, along with the particular expertise of the people who would be working on the project.

Planning Committee chairman Ian Petersen told the meeting the Craven Ovenden tender was not the cheapest, “but it is a firm which will deliver the planning scheme council wants, rather than the one they think we should have”.

“The directors are very hands-on and won’t be handing it over to junior staff and just supervising them.

“Their track record and proven experience will be important,” he said.

The tenders were evaluated by a panel of Mayor Ron Dyne, with Cr Petersen and Mr Hartley.

All had rated the firm highly in terms of capacity to deliver.

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