FEDERATION Council has swung into play contingency measures for the operation of the Ball Park caravan park in Corowa.
The council agreed at an extraordinary meeting on Monday night to rescind the decision made in late May to award the park management to BelgraviaPro after the discovery its tender didn’t include the payment of all gas and electricity as requested.
But it was also decided mayor Pat Bourke and general manager Adrian Butler be given delegation to allow council to enter into a short-term contract with BelgraviaPRO for a maximum of three months for the management and operation of the park.
BelgraviaPro took over the management of the park on July 1 from the operators of the last 14 years, Andrew and Sonia Palmer for a period of 18 months as the construction of the replacement adjoining Corowa swimming pool takes place.
The caravan park and pool were jointly operated by the Palmers.
Federation Council will receive a further report next week to reconsider the tenders received for the caravan park management and operations.
Cr Fred Longmire, who opposed the original BelgraviaPro tender, also voted against the interim arrangements.
“You cannot give an opportunity to a non-conforming tender even in the short-term,” he said.
“It’s the difference between me and other councillors. The Palmers conformed under the guidelines of the tender process and the other one didn’t.
“My feedback from the general public is if (BelgraviaPro) didn’t conform in the first instance they shouldn’t be given this opportunity.
“The long-term deal is a different story.”