Manji firm wins contract

By Chris Thomson | posted on December 22, 2017

A MANJIMUP company adept at abseiling has beaten four other firms to win a $470,000 contract to maintain the Valley of The Giants treetop walk over the next two years.

The Weekender can reveal that Precision Contracting Pty Ltd has won the right to watch over the elevated steel structure at the popular tourist attraction near the western edge of Denmark Shire.

Company director Darren Kitchen said awaiting news on which company had won the project was quite nerve-wracking.

“That was a hell of a three-month wait up against some of the big players in the game and the multinationals that have started up what we’re doing,” he said.

“We’ve been doing it for years, and it was such a relief to get the contract back.

“Everyone wants that project in their portfolio.”

Mr Kitchen said Precision had maintained the treetop walk since it opened in 1996, except for a brief period when undercut by another company.

He said the company had cut its prices to stave off competition for the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions contract.

“It’s something that we want to hang on to and maybe hand over to one of my boys down the track,” he confided.

Precision started in Manjimup in 1994, and now also has bases in Collie, Darwin and Newcastle.

In addition to Denmark’s treetop walk, the company maintains the spectacular Tahune Airwalk south of Hobart in Tasmania.

His abseilers were at the Valley of the Giants on Tuesday and Wednesday doing the treetop walk’s annual pre-Christmas inspection.

The department has confirmed the $470,000 price was “in line with” the cost of previous maintenance for the steel treetop walk structure.

Work includes tensioning guy-wires, welding on the walk structure, repairing and replacing structural fixings, treating and preventing corrosion, testing weld and metal thickness, cleaning areas not accessible by ground staff, and digging to expose and treat pylon basins and supports.