City aquatic centre row

A BRISBANE company has scored the council contract to design the redevelopment of Maryborough's aquatic centre.

Guymer Bailey won the tender with a quote of $427,900, beating at least three locally led bids.

The tenders were aired behind closed doors at council's meeting last week, with the winner announced later.

The Chronicle understands the winning tender did not get unanimous support and that at least two councillors, Gerard O'Connell and Les Muckan, voted against Guymer Bailey being awarded the job.

Neither of these councillors could be contacted yesterday to comment.

Core Architecture, GHD P/L and Gavin Patterson were among the Hervey Bay architects who tendered.

The decision to award the contract to a Brisbane company, when this region is still suffering in the wash-up from the global financial crisis, is causing local business angst, with angry emails and phone calls coming into the Chronicle.