Albury firm wins contract for Junction Square work in Wodonga

FINAL landscaping for Junction Place will begin next month after Wodonga Council issued a $418,840 tender to an Albury firm.

Stuart Gordon Landscaping and Paving Specialist won the contract after being the only company to tender for the project.

It is expected to begin the work next month, with a completion date set for the end of January.

The landscaping has been funded through government, rather than ratepayer money and is part of $1.8 million worth of work being done at Junction Place.

When finished, it will complete the promenade section of Junction Place which extends from High Street to the old railway station.

Wodonga councillor Anna Speedie said the work was another "exciting step" and an "important piece" of the jigsaw being formed at Junction Place.

Work will include water features and provide shady areas.

The tender was one of five major tenders issued at this week's Wodonga Council meeting.

Border firm Sims Metal Management was awarded a regional tender of up to four years for steel recycling and collection.

It involves the North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group, which includes the shires of Alpine, Indigo and Towong and the cities of Wodonga, Wangaratta and Benalla.

The tender, with an estimated four-year revenue of $400,000, will see metal recycled on the Border, rather than trucked to Melbourne as proposed by alternative tenderer Norstar Recycling.

Wodonga company Excell Gray Bruni Constructions received a $200,000 tender to remove and replace kerb and chanelling ahead of the city's 2016-17 resealing program.

Another Wodonga business Lyons Asphalting won a related resealing preparation contract for $200,000 worth of work involving road patching, weed growth removal and hotmix.

Myrtleford firm GW and BR Crameri has been given a $600,000 tender for resealing preparation works related to pavement repairs.

Crameri indicated it would source some labour, plant and materials from Wodonga.

That fits with the council's policy of giving weight to local content.

Cr Mark Byatt called for more focus on local content, saying that ratepayers and businesses would be keen to be aware of the role it played in the awarding of tenders.

"It needs to be a point of difference," Cr Byatt said before adding that the "business community needs to understand we're serious about local content".

Cr John Watson echoed Cr Byatt's sentiments about the need to encourage Border tenderers.

rainbow connection: Landscaping of the promenade at Junction Place is set to be completed by early next year after Wodonga Council issued a tender for the works. Picture: MARK JESSER

rainbow connection: Landscaping of the promenade at Junction Place is set to be completed by early next year after Wodonga Council issued a tender for the works. Picture: MARK JESSER