Construction on the $9 million Hunter Warbirds attraction at Scone Airport has been halted after “structural design issues” were discovered.
- The attraction was scheduled for completion this year, but a sagging beam has put a stop to work
- The blame has been laid on the contractor and officials say the public won’t be footing the bill
- A council committee will discuss the issue on Friday
The hangar, which was to house more than a dozen vintage aircraft as the tourism centrepiece of the $24 million Scone Airport upgrade, was meant to be completed this year.
The ABC understands a lattice beam in the structure began to sag.
A report to the Upper Hunter Shire Council’s corporate services committee said the project had to be halted because of a problem with the hangar.
“Structural design issues have arisen in the hangar component of the work, which has required a temporary cease in activity and has triggered an independent design review,” the report said.
“The impact of this work on the schedule is yet to be determined.
“The target completion date may need to be reviewed.
The corporate services committee will discuss the issue at a meeting on Friday morning.
‘Not our issue’
Mayor Maurice Collison said the problem would be left to contractor Kingston Building to fix.
“It’s great to see that this has been done early on instead of waiting until the end, and we’re quite confident that as soon as they know more about how they’re going to fix this structural issue we will then pass that onto the public,” he said.
Councillor Sue Abbott said she was “a little concerned” about the project.
“I’ve been told that it won’t be a cost to the community, but obviously if this is causing a delay, in my view that is a cost to the community,” she said.
The Upper Hunter Shire Council was contacted for a response.