Cost of Stephenson Park changerooms upgrade higher than estimated

Sale Touch Association president Laurie Smyth, Longford Cricket Club committee member Kingsley Bauer, Sale City Junior Football Club president Brett Towers and Wellington Shire mayor Alan Hall look at plans to extend the Stephenson Park complex when they were announced in July.
Sale Touch Association president Laurie Smyth, Longford Cricket Club committee member Kingsley Bauer, Sale City Junior Football Club president Brett Towers and Wellington Shire mayor Alan Hall look at plans to extend the Stephenson Park complex when they were announced in July.

THE estimated cost for the development of the Stephenson Park, Sale, changerooms was higher than expected.

The redevelopment was announced in August, costing $1.64 million.

The project will include additional change rooms, home and away trainers' rooms, accessible change facilities, social rooms, a kiosk, meeting room, public amenities and extra storage.

Wellington Shire Council is providing $790,000, Sport and Recreation Victoria $800,000, and the John Leslie Foundation $50,000.

Council is consulting with clubs which use Stephenson Park, while alternative funding sources are also being investigated.

The news was included in council's update of capital works projects.

In the first five months of the financial year, to November 30, 31 projects on council's capital works program were at practical completion. Thirty-five projects were underway, while 17 have had contracts awarded.

Seventy projects are in pre-planning (such as design and consultation work, or seeking quotes or tenders), and many have been either advertised for tender during November or were to be advertised in December - including Sale Historical Society Museum, Port Albert Mechanics Institute, Barkly St drainage and Heyfield and Maffra pool rainwater tanks.

Construction works are well underway at the Cameron Sporting Complex stadium in Maffra, with the slab poured for at least a third of the new area. Works are on time and on budget.

The redevelopment of stage side bathrooms, painting of the main hall and foyer, changeroom refurbishment and acoustic installation at Sale Memorial Hall have been completed. Works to front amenities will take place from December to February.

At Sale Tennis Club, work to finalise the surfaces of five courts (stage one) was expected to be completed by the end of the year, after which preparation for civil works on seven courts (stage two) can begin. Fencing and lighting for stage two works are in progress.

Tenders for the Stratford Recreation Reserve changeroom redevelopment are scheduled to be advertised in January and February.

Demolition works have begun for the Pine Lodge tennis court reconstruction in Stratford.

The upgraded Briagolong Recreation Reserve pavilion was officially opened in November.

Meanwhile, a set of planning provisions to facilitate new use for the land formerly occupied by Sale High School and Sale Specialist School will be presented to council in 2020, following community consultation and the preparation of draft planning scheme provisions.

Council is also looking into the direction of development in Maffra. Planning consultants have been appointed, with community engagement to begin early this year.

Council will review planning controls around RAAF Base, East Sale.

Following significant upgrades to accommodate expanded officer training and the use of new aircraft, background work is underway to review and assess updated noise contour mapping to support the ongoing operation at the base.

Discussions have been held with the Department of Defence to discuss the best approach to the development of updated planning controls.

A process to incorporate the new controls into the Wellington Planning Scheme is likely to begin during the 2020-21 financial year.

The rezoning of land to the east of West Sale Airport for industrial use was approved by the state Planning Minister in October.

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