Con­struc­tion of new Myrtle­ford in­door sta­dium to start be­fore sum­mer

Alpine Observer - - News - By JUSTIN JENVEY

CON­STRUC­TION of Myrtle­ford’s much an­tic­i­pated sec­ond in­door sports sta­dium will be­gin next month af­ter the con­tract for the build was awarded yes­ter­day.

The $2.6 mil­lion Myrtl- eford In­door Sports Sta­dium Ex­pan­sion will be com­pleted by Joss Con­struc­tion af­ter Alpine Shire Coun­cil en­dorsed the Al­bury firm’s ten­der at last night’s monthly meet­ing.

Alpine Shire Coun­cil di­rec­tor as­sets Will Jeremy said con­struc­tion was due to start in the first half of Novem­ber.

The Myrtle­ford and District Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is the main user of the sta­dium with games played ev­ery night of the week over spring and sum­mer.

Bas­ket­ball is also played ev­ery sec­ond week­end dur- ing the same pe­riod now with Myrtle­ford about to en­ter its sec­ond sea­son play­ing in the Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League.

On top of bas­ket­ball there are var­i­ous other user groups who have had re­stric­tions on when their sea­sons are played and the length of those com- pe­ti­tions due to court ac­cess.

In Fe­bru­ary 2017, Alpine Shire Coun­cil was awarded grant fund­ing of $1.3 mil­lion from the State Gov­ern­ment’s Bet­ter In­door Sta­di­ums fund.

A fur­ther $1.25 mil­lion is be­ing spent by coun­cil with a $50,000 con­tri­bu­tion from the Myrtle­ford and District Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion bring­ing the to­tal project bud­get to $2.6 mil­lion.

Mr Jeremy said con­trac­tors will work with user groups to limit the im­pact on re­spec­tive sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing the build.

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