Delay for new units to be built

Efforts to replace two two-bedroom units in the Kimba Pioneer Memorial Village have hit a roadblock, with the start of construction pushed back from its original November date.

The Kimba District Council’s biggest project of the 2017-18 financial year was meant to start this month, but due to work, health and safety concerns, construction may not start until after Christmas.

“There are some delays with the contractor, which could be expected,” Kimba District Council chief executive officer Deb Larwood said.

“We still have the funding and we’re still sticking to the same plans and pushing forward with them.

“We’re hoping to still have the units completed by June next year.”

The council was originally looking to have the units built on-site but as this is causing issues, it is looking into other options.

“We were going to have the units built on-site but we are now looking at having them built off-site,” Mrs Larwood said.

We’re hoping to still have the units completed by June next year.

Kimba District Council chief executive officer Deb Larwood

“Building off-site would mean that there would be a bit of a bare patch there for a while longer.”

Another issue that the council is facing is the Christmas holiday closures.

“Most businesses close for a week in December and in January for Christmas, which causes more delays,” Mrs Larwood said.

The council is using the new two-bedroom units as a trial to see if they would better suit the community.

“Couples found that the one-room units were often too small and did not have enough storage for them, so did singles with hobbies,” Mrs Larwood said.

“We will take feedback from the occupants of these new units and then see if we can work out a plan for all of the units in the village to become two-bedrooms.”

Kimba District Council received $77,072 in funding for the new units as part of the State Local Government Infrastructure Partnership fund, to assist with the $385,000 cost of the two replacement units.