Progress on the upgrade on McLachlan Park in Maclean.
Progress on the upgrade on McLachlan Park in Maclean. Adam Hourigan

Asbestos, weather add costs, delay park project

THE DISCOVERY non-friable asbestos has added $105,000 to the cost of revamping Maclean's McLachlan Park.

Clarence Valley Council has estimated the cost of the removal of asbestos pipes and sheeting from the site at that figure, although final invoices were not available when the report went to council last week.

The delay to works when the asbestos was discovered on May 25, plus two significant weather events in June have delayed the project for about four weeks, said the council's bi-monthly report on the progress of the project.

The first of the bi-monthly reports, which councillors requested to keep abreast of the work, outlined progress of work on Areas 1 and 3 of the redevelopment.

These works in these areas included the public toilets, pontoons, carpark, the removal and replacement of two camphor laurel trees, the replacement of levee panels and the riverside walk.

The finish date for the pontoons has been extended as a call for tenders for the work has yet to go out. There is $350,000 in the budget for this work.

The report said most scheduled work so far is within budget limits.

An extra $15,000 has been included to the $100,000 allocated to electrical works.