Rowing club’s next step
Application ‘key’ in relocation project
THE New Norfolk Rowing Club’s submission of the development application for its $2.3 million relocation is a “key step” in the process, president Peter Nichols said.
The club has submitted the application to the Derwent Valley Council, and construction could begin as soon as July.
“For the last few months we’ve engaged an architect, and have worked towards the development application,” Mr Nichols said.
“It’s now backwards and forwards with council ... but the actual submission of it is a key step.”
The club has submitted its application for $1.15 million in federal funding under the Regional Jobs and Investment Package and is waiting to hear whether it is successful.
It will also apply for the federal funding under the Building Better Regions Fund before Christmas.
It comes after the State Government granted the club $575,000 under the Community Infrastructure Fund to facilitate the two-stage relocation to the western shore of the Derwent River.
The Derwent Valley Council committed to funding up to $300,000 earlier this year, contingent on the club receiving money from the state and federal governments.
The club will contribute $275,000 to the project.
The first stage will include half a boat shed without a function area, and will go ahead regardless of federal funding.
The second stage will include a larger boat shed and a function area.
Mr Nichols said in October that construction could start as soon as April, but the state and federal process had been slow.
“I think the reality is now, rather than April, it will be more in the new financial year,” he said. “We’ve never had this sort of opportunity before, but everybody tells us everything takes longer than you think it will.
“That’s the constant feedback we get, and we will need to go with the flow there.”
Once funding is secured and the development application is approved, it will be 12month build period, Mr Nichols said, be it stage one or stage one plus two.