Hopes run high town’s long-awaited bas­ket­ball courts may be built by July

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■ 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.

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