Hopes run high town’s long-awaited basketball courts may be built by July
■ Onslow could have three longawaited new basketball courts by July.
The Shire of Ashburton project has been earmarked for funding from a $5 million social infrastructure investment fund provided by BHP Billiton Petroleum as part of its November 2012 State development agreement for the Macedon Project.
An Onslow sporting precinct master plan was made public in April, 2010 which proposed replacing the town’s old courts.
Last month, the Shire decided to proceed with the project using builder Pindan Construction to the tune of $3,221,655.
A contingency amount of $402,707 and spending to date brings the total project budget to $4 million.
The new facility will be behind the existing multipurpose building and will include three basketball/netball courts.
Two will be covered by a large metal shade structure, while the third will be out in the open.
Work will also be done to add more car and bus parking, toilets and a storage shed.
The design concept was endorsed at a Shire meeting last year, but tenders weren’t called until June, attracting six bidders.
According to Shire documents, the proposed court roofing from Pindan will have natural ventilation and is larger than any of the other submitted tenders.
The Shire wants earthworks to start on the project in March, just before the end of the cyclone season, with a handover from the builders in July.