Major projects moving ahead in Wellington

David Braithwaite

UPDATES on major projects across Wellington Shire have been represented to council.

As of March 31, 63 projects in council’s capital works program for 2019-20 were at practical completion, 54 more projects were underway and nine have had contracts awarded.

Fifteen projects were in pre-planning, including the development of the designs, community consultation and seeking quotes or tenders.

The indoor stadium redevelopment at the Cameron Sporting Complex, Maffra, is progressing according to schedule.

The Maffra streetscape project is progressing well, with asphalt sealing complete on the southern service lane. Works are moving to the northern service lane.

Council successfully applied for $1.07 million from the state government to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Macarthur and Market Sts, Sale.

The redevelopment of five courts at Sale Tennis Club has been completed, with the courts handed to the club to test with light play and maintenance.

Fences construction and lighting for the next stage of works are in progress, with works on additional courts beginning in May.

Consultation has been finalised with clubs regarding alterations to social provision for the Stephenson Park, Sale, changeroom redevelopment.

Design and documentation tender for changeroom upgrades at Sale Oval has been awarded and works begun.

A tender for the construction of the new Stratford Recreation Reserve changerooms have been advertised, with works expected to begin in August.

Construction of the new tennis courts at Pine Lodge, Stratford, is nearing completion.

Meanwhile, council has prepared a funding agreement for the Stratford Courthouse Theatre and sent it to the committee for approval.

The agreement outlines council’s support for the next two and a half years, subject to council acceptance of a proposed business operating model.

For the financial year to March 31, council recorded a surplus of $23.4 million, $3.42 million less than budgeted.

Part of the reason operating income was lower than expected is that council received half of its government grants budgeted for 2019-20 before the end of last financial year.