Events Cen­tre Easter push

But de­lay may force changes to Easter O&K match

Alpine Observer - - Front Page -

CON­TRAC­TORS are work­ing to­wards hav­ing the lower sec­tion of the Alpine Events Cen­tre com­pleted in time for a ma­jor event at the end of March.

That’s de­spite the de­vel­op­ment be­ing de­layed al­most two months be­cause of re­me­di­a­tion works.

Alpine Shire Coun­cil as­sets di­rec­tor Will Jeremy said the project’s con­trac­tors Bar­ton Street De­vel­op­ments would aim to have the Pioneer Park change rooms ready for Easter when Bright hosts Tar­rawingee in the open­ing round of the Ovens and King Foot­ball and Net­ball sea­son.

The project has been de­layed af­ter builders were forced to pull down the en­tire lower sec­tion of the pavil­ion af­ter it was found that the orig­i­nal change rooms were not con­structed to the ap­proved de­sign.

Con­trac­tors have only re­cently started re­build­ing the re­tain­ing wall and in­te­rior walls.

“Our orig­i­nal sched­ule had the lower level be­ing com­pleted by the end of Fe­bru­ary,” Mr Jeremy said.

“Ob­vi­ously things are a long way be­hind.

“Es­sen­tially we’ve lost six to eight weeks but we’re still push­ing to have the lower level fin­ished by Easter.

“We’re not sure if that will hap­pen be­cause of the fact we’ve lost so much time get­ting the is­sues rec­ti­fied.”

In the like­li­hood that the change rooms are not ready by March 31, Mr Jeremy said the coun­cil and United Bright Foot­ball Net­ball Club had started dis­cussing al­ter­na­tive fa­cil­i­ties for the Easter match, which is the club’s big­gest fundraiser of the sea­son.

“We’ve spo­ken to the club about us­ing tem­po­rary fa­cil­i­ties so pro­vid­ing change rooms, toi­lets and show­ers,” Mr Jeremy said.

“We will ob­vi­ously mon­i­tor things as that date gets closer and then if we re­alise we won’t make it we’ll or­gan­ise to have those things brought in to make sure the day can still go ahead.”

Mr Jeremy said the rest of the project is ex­pected to be com­pleted on time, by late June or early July, while the costs of the ad­di­tional work – to be funded from the project’s $3.74 mil­lion bud­get – are yet to be fi­nalised.

“We will still have the pavil­ion fin­ished to the same dead­line,” he said.

“We don’t think the de­lays with the change rooms will af­fect the sched­ule for over­all de­vel­op­ment.

“At the mo­ment we’ve got about $370,000 worth of costs as­so­ci­ated with the ex­tra works.

“There’s still a few mi­nor works to be cal­cu­lated but we ex­pect the fi­nal fig­ure for the ad­di­tional costs to be around the $400,000 mark.”

BY JUSTIN JEN­VEY jjen­vey@ne­me­

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