Albany

Manjimup muckup

DENMARK, Plantagenet and Albany may have failed to secure an $18 million State bushfire centre of excellence but, unlike front-runner Manjimup, at least their joint application was lodged in time.

In State Parliament on May 8, Denmark-based MLA Terry Redman extracted confirmation from Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan that Manjimup had missed the October 24 deadline for proposals – by two hours and 37 minutes.

“The Request for Proposal was advertised on [the] TendersWA [website] on Friday, 21 September 2018 with a closing date of 11.00am Wednesday, 24 October 2018,” Mr Logan advised.

“The offer presented by the Shire of Manjimup was received by email at 1.37pm on Wednesday, 24 October, 2018.”

Mr Logan said discussions between the Shire of Manjimup and Department of Fire and Emergency Services indicated Manjimup had erred in recording the closing time as 4.00pm.

Manjimup entry sign
Photo: ‘SeanMack’, Wikimedia Commons,

He said Manjimup had also misplaced its password for the TendersWA website, which prevented it from rapidly uploading its bid when the error was discovered.

Due to its tall timber forests, Manjimup had been considered a front-runner for the centre, which had been hotly contested.

But on March 5, the centre was awarded to Nambeelup, just outside Mandurah.

The centre will employ 20 people and be a knowledge hub for volunteer firefighters from around the state.

It was recently revealed here that the three Great Southern shires had narrowed their list of locations down to five possibilities – one in Denmark, one in Mount Barker and three in Albany.

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