Minister Peter Chandler has confirmed there were defects in the emergency department built by Sydney-based Lahey Constructions which has just been awarded a $30m tender for more work at the hospital. PHOTO: A dance by traditional healers (nangkaris) opened the $25m department in June 2013. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Defects of the town pool have been described as a "major issue" in a confidential report to the Town Council. Consideration of council matters in confidential sessions is on the table as an election issue, with mayoral candidate Eli Melky accusing council of doing too much business this way. The report says the solar system has been leaking, despite having been repaired in early January, and as such has been shut completely in order to prevent damage to the roof of the indoor complex.
High pressure in filter pots of the leisure pool "continues to be a major problem" and pool staff have "worked under crisis for most of the holiday period. The Plant remains a major problem."