Further to last week’s report on the Byron bypass budget, Council’s Director Infrastructure Services Phil Holloway has provided further answers to questions.
They are as follows:
Does the amount of $24m include GST?
‘The costs do not include GST’.
What are the ‘additional works’ where noise mitigation is claimed to cost $2,069,600?
‘In the case of noise mitigation, there may be additional works required to facilitate specific noise treatments.’
What are ‘Service relocations and new services’? Is it laying of electricity cables and the like? If not, what are they?
‘Services include telecommunications, electricity, stormwater, water supply and sewerage. Infrastructure associated with the services will be variously removed, replaced, relocated and in some cases – upgraded’.
Will a further breakdown of ‘BSC Internal Administration and Project Management cost of $435,121’ be available ie how many staff are involved and what are their roles? Why isn’t this general cost undertaken by staff? Are cost of the delays in the project coming from the contingency breakdown?
‘The bypass is a capital project and the cost of staff working on the project is charged to the project and part of the capitalisation of the project.’
Can the $2,867,211 contingency please be defined?
Echonetdaliy understands that contingency is generally around 10 per cent, yet this is a higher figure.
‘Contingency is included to provide funds for circumstances not known at the time of implementing the project’.