Council looks to take over Port Lincoln Leisure Centre expansion

UPDATE: The Port Lincoln City Council wants to take over the leisure centre expansion project.
UPDATE: The Port Lincoln City Council wants to take over the leisure centre expansion project.

The Port Lincoln City Council is hoping to take over the final stage of the $9.41-million leisure centre expansion to ensure it is finished after the Adelaide company leading the project went into liquidation.

The decision was made at the council's Monday night meeting after a discussion in confidence decided it wished to take over the remainder of the project at the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre.

The council and local subcontractors found out last Wednesday that the Adelaide contractor Unique Urban Built (UUB) that led the project had gone into liquidation.

The council will aim to reopen the site as soon as possible after negotiations to terminate UUB's contract, as it has been closed for more than a week.

Council's chief executive officer Stephen Rufus said the council did not know at this point if or how much the liquidation would leave it out of pocket but that was continually being assessed.

He said hopefully the negotiations would be resolved in about three or four weeks.

"It's estimated 65 per cent of the project has been completed," he said.

Mr Rufus said council would be contacting subcontractors in the near future regarding the project.

If council does take over the project it will renegotiate contracts with local subcontractors required for the completion of the project.

However claims for work done on the project to date will still need to be lodged with liquidator PKF Adelaide.

Mayor Brad Flaherty said the council believed taking over the project from UUB's liquidator was for the best.

"The council believes that the best course of action it can take at this point is to seek to take over the project," he said.

"After much discussion, we took a view that in managing the project ourselves we would be best placed to maximise benefit to the community and the subcontractors."

After negotiations a site manager will be appointed to oversee the project and an appropriately qualified and licensed project manager will be appointed to manage the redevelopment moving forward.

Work on the $4.4-million final stage of the leisure centre upgrade began in November and was scheduled for completion in July.

Subcontractors can contact PKF Adelaide to lodge a claim on 8273 2245 or insolvency@pkfsa.com.au.