Busselton City council has endorsed a tender higher than the $1.2 million budget for the Busselton Foreshore redevelopment. At last week’s council meeting, councillors unanimously agreed to endorse the $1,432,854.10 tender submitted by BCP Contractors to undertake the Busselton Foreshore East Redevelopment project. The tender comes in $178,630.55 higher than the available project budget, and was labelled the “most advantageous tender” by the evaluation process. In endorsing the tender, the council delegates power and authority to City chief executive Mike Archer to negotiate and agree to final terms and conditions before the contract is signed. According to the reporting officer Eden Shepherd, while the BCP Contracting came in at a higher price than the budget, the company was recommended because of its understanding and the benefits it would bring to the community. “BCP Contractors Pty Ltd, the preferred tenderer, offered a competitive price and demonstrated a strong understanding of the project scope and requirements,” Ms Shepherd wrote to the council. “They also showed relevant experience in delivering compar-able quality civil and landscape works. “BCP Contractors Pty Ltd contribute to the local community through sponsorship of local community groups and they propose using local subcontractors. “Environmental Industries Pty Ltd, the second preferred tenderer, offered a competitive price, however, were not able to demonstrate understanding of the project requirements to the extent that BCP Contractors were able to offer.” The foreshore development project aims to enhance recreational amenities in East Busselton and Geographe by protecting the Norfolk pine trees, increasing the capacity of the foreshore, and installing shelters and barbecues to support community use of the area. It’s understood if negotiations are successful, the works will begin before the end of the month for a December completion date.