McNamara design works set to proceed
ALPINE Shire Council last night was to consider a recommendation to approve a $162,000 contract for plans to expand Myrtleford Indoor Sports Stadium and build a multi-sports facility at McNamara Reserve.
A report by acting assets director William Jeremy recommended that the council let the design contracts for the combined $3.1 million projects to South Melbournebased K20 Architecture – a firm specialising in sport, education and care facility design.
The Victorian government in February awarded $1.3m from its ‘Better Indoor Stadiums Fund’ for the expansion of Myrtleford Indoor Sports Stadium.
Alpine council committed $1.25 million and Myrtleford and District Basketball Association $50,000 for the stadium re-work, which is to be completed across two financial years.
The works include the addition of a 900 squaremetre multi-use court space with a sprung timber floor, accessible change rooms, toilets, covered entry, store room, an unsealed carpark for 40 vehicles and an evaporative cooling system.
The Victorian government had earlier awarded a $100,000 grant from its ‘Community Sports and Infrastructure Fund’ for the development of McNamara Reserve’s multi-sports facility.
Alpine council has committed $400,000 towards the $500,000 budget for this latter project by which the amenities building at the multiuse courts will be replaced.
The works include two unisex change rooms with showers and toilet facilities, an umpire change room and shower, an additional toilet and shower, kiosk and office with a first-aid station.
Mr Jeremy reported that the council sought architectural services for the two projects as separate portions within one tender because the works at the reserve overlapped and the approach offered “best value”.
He said that upgrading the multi-sports facility was the top priority in the recreation reserve master plan developed in 2012.
The plan detailed a particular focus on improvements to toilets and installing fully accessible facilities.