- Independent assessment finds Carnarvon fascine structure may only last another five years
- State Government to fund further investigation into fascine
- Royalties for Regions-funded fascine project another example of project failure and poor State Government oversight under the previous government
An independent assessment of the Royalties for Regions-funded Carnarvon fascine wall has found poor design, workmanship and maintenance have significantly reduced the lifespan of the fascine wall.
The fascine wall redevelopment, which along with surrounding works, cost taxpayers almost $20 million - has already suffered significant corrosion issues just years after its completion.
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan last year commissioned an independent assessment of the fascine wall in response to community concerns.
The MP Rogers & Associates review found that while the steel used was acceptable, the necessary corrosion protection measures were not taken for steel of that grade. It also found that concrete capping on the structure did not meet relevant Australian standards.
Without significant further maintenance, the lifespan of the fascine wall could be as short as five years, according to the report.
The report recommended further work be undertaken to gain a fuller understanding of the extent of the issue, and the State Government has agreed to fund two additional pieces of investigation.
The report follows the release of the Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects, which highlighted the chronic mismanagement of Royalties for Regions-funded projects by the former Liberal National Government.
A full copy of the fascine report is available at http://www.drd.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"This is another classic example of Royalties for Regions project failure and poor State Government oversight under the previous government.
"Regional local governments appear to have been given projects well beyond their capacity to manage by the previous government.
"The McGowan Government has already taken steps to improve oversight of local government-led Royalties for Regions projects and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.
"We will work with the Shire of Carnarvon on managing this complex issue and will fund further investigation of issues, but this is a Shire asset and responsibility for maintenance ultimately rests with the Shire."
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