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Bidding for a place of worship continues

04 Feb 2013

Two parties are still in the running for the contract to build a place of worship in Docklands.  

In August last year Places Victoria called for expressions of interest from groups interested in developing a place of worship at the corner of Footscray Rd and Little Docklands Drive.

A Docklands place of worship was promised in the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Plan in 2010 and was one of 30 projects included in the Docklands Community and Place Plan released last year.

The Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) was one of the parties who submitted a proposal and had hoped to build a multifaith facility.

The FCCV is a Victorian multifaith organisation and includes representatives from each of the peak faith bodies in Victoria including the Victorian Council of Churches and the Jewish Community Council of Victoria .

Docklands News understands that the FCCV, along with two other parties, had been shortlisted for the project.

However, FCCV multi-faith officer Sandy Kouroupidis confirmed the group had pulled out of the bidding process in mid-December.

He said the committee working on the proposal had been unable to meet tight deadlines imposed by Places Victoria and had difficulty in dealing with an unnamed developer.

Last month The Age incorrectly reported that the place of worship project had been dumped because there was not enough money to build it.

Although the FCCV has withdrawn from the bidding process, the project is still going ahead.

A Places Victoria spokesperson said: “Places Victoria is currently evaluating the submissions received in response to the request for a proposal for a place of worship for Docklands and is on target to announce the outcome later this year.”

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