Shire seeks project extension

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The Shire of Denmark council is set to pass a motion requesting a four-month extension to the deadlines associated with a new bridge across Denmark River at a special council meeting tonight.

A new bridge is one component of the $14 million Denmark East Development Precinct Project, which pertains to the construction of a light industrial area east of Denmark.

The Shire received $7.6 million of funding from the State Government for the project and in December last year the council requested a 12-month extension for the milestones relating to the new bridge. However, the request was rejected.

Shire chief executive Bill Parker conceded last week the Shire would not meet its March 31 deadline, which requires a crossing point to have been chosen, with relevant permits in place.

The Shire council remains undecided on a crossing point for the new bridge, with a marathon five-hour meeting in January ending in no result.

Mr Parker is hopeful the new Labor Government will allow for some flexibility in the Financial Assistance Agreement.

The motion put to council tonight also recommends that the Shire ascertain if additional funding is available for the project after Warren-Blackwood MLA Terry Redman indicated this possibility in a letter to the editor in the Denmark Bulletin.

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