Trevor Veale

Coastal Works questioned by councillor

COUNCILLOR Mark Sultana has put forward questions of notice to Coffs Harbour City Council over its civil contractor Coastal Works' recent tenders for private jobs, which could potentially be putting local contractors out of work.

The questions will be tabled at the next council meeting on April 14 following Cr Sultana's discussions with local contractors about numerous recent private contracts Coastal Works tendered for and won.

Cr Sultana was prompted to take the matter to the council after being told Coastal Works won a contract for a Clarence Valley Council project against a local contractor by tendering about half the price.

But Cr Sultana was told by Coastal Works group leader Allan Hindmarsh the contractor only provided its services when no other local contractor had the scope or potential to execute the project.

"The concern is from these guys is that they're ratepayers, they're paying their rates, council's using the rates money to buy plant equipment which is inevitably putting them out of work," Cr Sultana said.

Coastal Works, formerly City Works, provides civil contracting services including road and bridge construction, water and sewer reticulation, pump station construction as well as vegetation maintenance and weed spraying.

In 2013, councillors Nan Cowling and Sally Townley also expressed concern about then-named City Works.

The pair called for more specific information about the governance of City Works' commercialisation during the reconstruction of the Cook Dr, North Boambee Rd and the Pacific Highway junction.

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