Events Centre Easter push
But delay may force changes to Easter O&K match
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.”