Council launches bid to recoup $1M

Colac’s Bluewater stadium is complete but subjest to legal action.

Colac Otway Shire Council is launching legal action against a builder and an architect involved in the Bluewater stadium redevelopment in a bid to recoup more than $1 million of ratepayers’ money.

Council acting CEO Robert Dobrzynski confirmed this week that the council had “resolved to take legal action against DWP Suters, the architect, and BDH Constructions, the builder of the Bluewater project”.

“The legal action relates to issues concerning the design and construction of the Bluewater project and involves a sum in excess of $1 million,” Mr Dobrzynski said.

The council made the decision at last month’s “in committee” meeting and Mr Dobrzynski told the Herald on Monday that the council “has instructed its legal representatives to give effect to the council decision”.

But the council has not responded to the Herald’s request for a figure on how much the council had spent on legal costs over the past five years.

The council’s move from “mediation” to formal legal action comes almost three years after the installation of a maple stadium floor, which the council alleged was “unusable”.

The Bluewater redevelopment project started at the end of 2013 after four of seven councillors agreed to accept a tender which required the council to spend an extra $2 million than the original $10-million budget.

Costs continued to blow out during the project after multiple issues including the discovery of “decaying” stumps which forced the council to replace the stadium floor, leading to the installation of a maple floor in May 2015.

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

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