No worries despite previous airport work not being a runway success

ROAD TO RUIN: Hewatt Earthworks vehicles on the site of the now-halted Majura Parkway project. Hewatt had been building Orange Airport's new runway before it entered voluntary administration. 
Photo: JEFFREY CHAN

ROAD TO RUIN: Hewatt Earthworks vehicles on the site of the now-halted Majura Parkway project. Hewatt had been building Orange Airport's new runway before it entered voluntary administration. Photo: JEFFREY CHAN

FAULTY work at an airport in Merimbula by Hewatt Earthworks has not concerned Orange City Council staff, who took control of the Orange Airport project last week.

On Thursday, Fairfax Media reported Hewatt, which is currently under voluntary administration, was called back to Merimbula Airport on April 16-17 after cracks appeared in the runway less than six months after completion.

The cracks occurred a week after 180 millimetres of rain fell at the airport and caused a four-hour closure.

Hewatt owes $10,000 in work to Bega Valley Shire Council.

Orange City Council spokesman Allan Reeder said council weighed up the benefits of having the project re-started as soon as possible against the risk of taking on partially-completed work.

“Since the project began, council staff have been involved in daily contract management and routine tests have been conducted to make sure the project measured up to specifications,” he said. 

“Other tests will be done once work re-starts to determine if there are any faults, but from that point as project manager, it will be up to the council to cover the costs of any possible rectification.”

Mr Reeder said funds had been set aside to cover any faults discovered as part of the total budget.

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