No pause on Levee project

MAITLAND mayor Peter Blackmore has dismissed fears the city’s $14.7million Levee project could stall over a political fight.
Nanjing Night Net

The major two-part development, which its hoped would provide a facelift and injection of life to the ailing Heritage Mall precinct, is earmarked to take a step forward tonight.

Councillors will confidentially discuss a shortlist of contractors to oversee the riverside re-invention, inviting those who made the cut to submit a formal tender.

Work on the Levee is scheduled to start in early 2014 but the project had fallen under a cloud after a major portion of funding was caught in political crossfire.

The Newcastle Herald has reported the federal government labelled $7million Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon announced for the project shortly before the election a ‘‘hoax’’.

Mr Fitzgibbon has slammed the Liberal government for failing to honour the commitment.

Cr Blackmore said the 2014 start date for the Levee was unchanged and the council would ‘‘make a determination’’ on funding.

Potentially moving to the next stage on Thursday by selecting a head contractor sent a clear message about the project’s future, he said.

‘‘We are giving a commitment it will be going ahead,’’ Cr Blackmore said.

He said many businesses had prepared for work in that timeframe, a commitment the council was not taking lightly.

‘‘We are certainly very conscious to make sure we can stick to that [early 2014] timeframe,’’ Cr Blackmore said.

Maitland councillors unanimously voted to forge ahead with the two-stage $14.7million project in June.

It would open the mall to traffic as well as creating a ‘‘river link’’ structure to connect the shopping promenade with the riverbank.

FACELIFT: A council concept image of the Levee project.

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