Ramping up capital works

Wagga Wagga City Council, New South Wales, is considering its options for capital works delivery. 

Each yearly budget has aspired to deliver a large number of capital works projects with many being pushed into the following year because the resources required to plan, oversee and deliver the work was not available. 

In a recent report Council’s position on the current year’s capital works delivery was supplemented by the forecast of a different approach to capital works delivery next year. 

General Manager, Peter Thompson, said, “With Wagga Wagga growing and attracting a lot of investment, the need for Council to ramp up its capital works delivery is highlighted. 

“Recruitment of skilled staff for delivery of projects by Council is always a challenge. This is particularly the case when the economy is strong and there are other projects, which need to be delivered across the country. 

“Strategies are being costed right now and will include packaging similar works for delivery by external contractors and new approaches to recruitment. 

“Council needs to ramp up the works being completed, including planning for future infrastructure the city needs and then putting it on the ground. 

“It is an exciting time and the Council will meet the challenge.”