McNamara de­sign works set to pro­ceed

Alpine Observer - - News - By JAMIE KRO­N­BORG

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.

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