ACE! COURTS WILL BE UN­DER BUD­GET

Cost-ef­fec­tive ten­nis build will leave $75,000 for fu­ture pro­jects

Campaspe News - - FRONT PAGE - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

THE two coun­cil-funded ten­nis courts have started tak­ing shape at Rochester Lawn Ten­nis Club.

And they have come in well un­der bud­get.

The cost was ex­pected to hit $410,682 but the to­tal project is ex­pected to come in at $335,000.

The bud­get for the two courts caused spec­u­la­tion among some in the com­mu­nity that the large bud­get was so coun­cil could keep the sav­ings for them­selves.

But chief ex­ec­u­tive Jason Rus­sell told the Cam­paspe News in Fe­bru­ary that would not be the case.

And he said any left over money would go back into the Rochester com­mu­nity recre­ation fund­ing pool for fu­ture pro­jects.

That leaves just over $75,000 left for fu­ture Rochester pro­jects.

‘‘Coun­cil has done sim­i­lar pro­jects to this and al­lo­cated the same . . . we’ve worked with some of the agen­cies to get an un­der­stand­ing if our al­lo­ca­tion was cor­rect and they wouldn’t have funded us if they didn’t think it was ball­park,’’ Mr Rus­sell said.

‘‘As this is a com­mu­nity-based project we would en­vi­sion that we would re­ceive very com­pet­i­tive ten­ders, which will as­sist us into de­liv­er­ing the project un­der bud­get.’’

The project will in­volve con­struc­tion of two con­crete hard courts with syn­thetic grass sur­faces, to re­place two grass courts on the eastern end of the ex­ist­ing courts. Four light poles and light­ing will also be in­stalled. Other works will in­clude prepa­ra­tion such as site clear­ing, re­mov­ing trees and ex­tend­ing bound­aries, fenc­ing, drainage, up­grad­ing power and land­scap­ing.

Cam­paspe Shire reg­u­la­tory and com­mu­nity ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Paul McKen­zie said the courts will be mul­ti­pur­pose syn­thetic courts un­der lights at the Rochester Race­course Recre­ation Re­serve.

‘‘A con­tract has re­cently been awarded to lo­cal com­pany Ward Bros to con­struct the courts that will sup­port ten­nis all year round and cre­ate a large syn­thetic sur­face that can also sup­port a va­ri­ety of court-based sports,’’ he said.

‘‘This is an ex­cit­ing project that will sup­port an in­crease in all-year-round par­tic­i­pa­tion in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and in­volves mul­ti­ple part­ners in­clud­ing Vic­to­rian state gov­ern­ment - Sport and Recre­ation Vic­to­ria, Cam­paspe Shire Coun­cil, St Joseph’s Ten­nis Club, Rochester Lawn Ten­nis Club and the Rochester Race­course Recre­ation Re­serve.’’

Mr McKen­zie said the lo­cal com­mu­nity has been ac­tive in iden­ti­fy­ing and im­ple­ment­ing works in-kind and es­tab­lished a close work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Ward Bros.

‘‘This is a great re­sult for the part­ner­ship be­tween the Cam­paspe Shire Coun­cil and the lo­cal Rochester com­mu­nity in de­liv­er­ing this ex­cit­ing new sport­ing fa­cil­ity,’’ he said.

‘ A con­tract has re­cently been awarded to lo­cal com­pany Ward Bros to con­struct the courts that will sup­port ten­nis ’ all year round

— Paul McKen­zie

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