Row­ing club’s next step

Ap­pli­ca­tion ‘key’ in re­lo­ca­tion project

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SHAUN McMANUS

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.

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