Park re­de­vel­op­ment closer to com­ple­tion

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Tim Ed­munds

The re­main­ing works of the first stage of the Cen­ten­nial Park sport­ing precinct re­de­vel­op­ment are ex­pected to be com­pleted in five months.

Work has started on two more foot­ball fields be­hind the re­cently com­pleted Cen­ten­nial Sta­dium, as well as the new home for the Al­bany Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety.

City of Al­bany ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor works and ser­vices Matthew Thom­son said the grounds would be full-size foot­ball fields with light­ing com­pli­ant to 100-lux.

He said the City had also been suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing an ad­di­tional $6.9 mil­lion from the State Gov­ern­ment to com­plete stage two of the de­vel­op­ment.

“These ovals are lo­cated in front of three agri­cul­tural so­ci­ety build­ings, which are cur­rently be­ing built along Cock­burn Road,” he said.

“We ex­pect the grounds to be com­plete by Oc­to­ber this year, which will fi­nalise the to­tal $28 mil­lion upgrade.”

The City coun­cil on Tues­day night ap­proved the ten­der for J&S Castle­how Elec­tri­cal to in­stall the light­ing for the train­ing fields, as well as an upgrade to the lights at Colling­wood Park.

The 100-lux light­ing on the fields will be the same as across Lock­yer Av­enue at Rail­ways Foot­ball Club.

The de­mo­li­tion of the for­mer clu­b­rooms of Roy­als Foot­ball Club last month paved the way for the de­vel­op­ment of the ovals and agri­cul­tural so­ci­ety build­ings.

Pictures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Work has started on two more foot­ball fields be­hind the re­cently com­pleted Cen­ten­nial Sta­dium, as well as the new home for the Al­bany Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety.

The full-size foot­ball fields will have light­ing the same as at Rail­ways Foot­ball Club.

Work is ex­pected to fin­ish by Oc­to­ber.

The City has se­cured ex­tra fund­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment for stage two.

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