CONTRACTS have been awarded for two major local projects.
To allow time to complete the works by the desired dates, during a recent meeting Wellington Shire Council gave authority to chief executive David Morcom to enter into contracts for the new Stephenson Park changerooms and Seacombe boat ramp upgrade.
Both contracts will need to be approved within budget.
Stephenson Park, Sale, is arguably the most-used sporting precinct in the shire, with football, netball, cricket, croquet, tennis, touch football and baseball among the uses.
Increased patronage and other facility developments have heightened the lack of appropriate change facilities for the broad user base of the precinct.
The current facilities are outdated for user groups and have poor provision for female participation, lacking unisex player and umpire change rooms, first aid and trainer’s rooms, and adequate storage.
There are also limited public amenities and no disabled access to the facilities.
Tenders for the works have been advertised, and closed at the end of July, with not enough time to evaluate submissions before this week’s council meeting.
Council could have approved the contract during its next meeting tonight, but that would have resulted in a tight time frame if works are to be completed by the beginning for the 2022 football season.
Councillor Ian Bye said the size of the project meant time was of the essence.
“We’re taking the top storey off to make the facility more user-friendly,” he said.
“Rather than having upstairs-downstairs, we’re adding a multi-purpose room and we’re adding female-friendly changerooms, a first aid room, [and]we’re going to have a disabled toilet.
“The netballers are quite excited because they’re going to have some changerooms as well, which they haven’t had before.
“It’s a huge upgrade to a great facility that is there already.”
The Longford Cricket Club, which uses the two-storey building for its clubrooms, will share Sale City Football-Netball Club’s recently-updated social rooms this summer while construction is underway.
There are similar timing issues behind giving authority for the chief executive to award the contract for the Seacombe boat ramp upgrade.
Tenders for the works also closed at the end of July, with not enough time to consider the submissions for the August 3 council meeting.
Time is also of the essence as the completion date has been set for December 15, before the Christmas-New Year holidays.
The project includes a new boat ramp, approaches, lighting, footpaths and roadworks.
The state government is providing substantial funding for both projects.
The chief executive will provide details of both contracts to council.