Court clam­our due to arena de­lay

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS - Lynn Gri­er­son

SPORTS groups dis­ap­pointed over build­ing de­lays at Mun­dar­ing Arena have resched­uled fix­tures, not know­ing when the $10.1 mil­lion fa­cil­ity will open.

Net­ball, bas­ket­ball and hockey or­gan­i­sa­tions rep­re­sented by the Mun­dar­ing Com­bined Hard Courts As­so­ci­a­tion planned to use the in­door sta­dium from the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary.

As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Fiona Mal­loch said the Shire of Mun­dar­ing ad­vised the de­lay was due to items re­quir­ing fin­ish­ing touches or rec­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“It’s just dis­ap­point­ing at this point af­ter four years of work­ing with the Shire to get the fa­cil­ity built and at the 11th hour to be told it’s not go­ing to be ready, and we don’t know when it will be ready,” she said.

“Mem­bers were look­ing for­ward to us­ing the fa­cil­ity for com­pe­ti­tions and pre­sen­ta­tions. We want to raise the level of com­pe­ti­tions in the Hills and we need more fa­cil­i­ties. Com­pe­ti­tions are grow­ing so fast and we don’t have the ad­di­tional courts to play on.”

Ms Mal­loch said the Shire was in reg­u­lar con­tact and she did not blame the coun­cil for the de­lay.

Sys­tem and fin­ishes checks near the time of com­ple­tion iden­ti­fied the need to al­low Bel­mont­based Pin­dan builders more time to com­plete the pro­ject.

Shire Pres­i­dent John Daw said the coun­cil was do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble not to post­pone the open­ing any longer than nec­es­sary.

“We un­der­stand their dis­ap­point­ment but we want to be able to pro­vide them with a state-of-the-art build­ing, which is of the high­est stan­dard in ev­ery re­spect,” he said.

“Al­though we are in the fi­nal stages of the pro­ject, it’s im­por­tant that we re­solve any construction is­sues in or­der to be able to de­liver to the com­mu­nity ex­actly what we promised.”

Shire act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Me­gan Grif­fiths said the de­lay would not in­crease the cost of the build be­cause the pro­ject was a “lump sum fixed price”.

“The main item for rec­ti­fi­ca­tion is the sep­tic sys­tem, which on com­mis­sion­ing has not worked com­pletely as re­quired to this point,” she said.

She said the ex­ist­ing hard courts nearby would con­tinue to be in use.

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