Two-day $90m Cats project call ‘wrong’: Cook


CONTRACTORS looking to provide management services for the stage four $90 million upgrade at Simonds Stadium have a week and a half — not two business days as advertised — to show their interest.

Local media advertisements calling for expressions of interest from parties in providing project management and quantity surveyor services cited a closure date of today,Tuesday, 5pm to officially lodge their paperwork.

Geelong Football Club CEO Brian Cook said the incorrect date was published in the advertisements, carried by the Geelong Advertiser.

The correct closure date for expressions of interest was December 23, not December 16 as published, he said.

The expressions of interest process is being overseen by the Cats in tandem with the State Government, the AFL and the City of Greater Geelong.

The stage four upgrade is to be financed largely by a $70 million election promise posted by the Labor party.

The project will expand the Kardinia Park stadium to 36,000 capacity, 2500 more than its current capacity and almost 10,000 more than the 27,402 maximum crowd the Cats attracted last year.

The expansion  also comes after the Cats  posted their first financial operating loss in 15 years – due to falling attendances and a drop in commercial revenue.

Sports Minister John Eren did not return calls placed by the Independent.


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