Ten­ders to be sought for pool project

Short­listed con­trac­tors have month to ten­der for project

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page -

TEN­DERS are now be­ing sought for the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta’s Aquat­ics Project.

The project at the Wan­garatta In­doors Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre will in­volve build­ing a new out­door heated 50 me­tre pool, in­door 17mx12m hy­drother­apy pool, out­door tod­dler’s wad­ing/splash play area and the in­stal­la­tion of so­lar pan­els on the roof of the sta­dium.

A 117 space sealed car park will also be con­structed ad­ja­cent to the new pool, in be­tween Barr 1 and 2 ovals.

The de­vel­op­ment will com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing in­door 25 me­tre pool, hy­drother­apy pool and tod­dler’s pool, trans­form­ing Wan­garatta In­door Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre (WISAC) into a state- of-the-art fa­cil­ity ca­pa­ble of host­ing ma­jor swim­ming com­pe­ti­tions, wa­ter polo and more recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties for longer out­door sea­sons than is cur­rently pos­si­ble.

The project is be­ing funded with $6 mil­lion from coun­cil, $4.4m from the Aus­tralian Govern­ment’s Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gion’s Fund, $1.5m from the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment’s Com­mu­nity Sports Infrastructure Fund, $100,000 from the Wan­garatta Swim­ming Club.

Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta mayor Ken Clarke said a sig­nif­i­cant amount of work had gone into pre­par­ing ten­der doc­u­men­ta­tion.

He said ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est have now been com­pleted and short­listed con­trac­tors will now en­ter into the ten­der phase.

“There has been good in­ter­est in the project through the ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est process, and we have short­listed a strong field of con­trac­tors,” he said.

“Coun­cil will keep the com­mu­nity up­dated through­out the process as it will be a ma­jor un­der­tak­ing that will change the face of the Barr Re­serve and have long last­ing ben­e­fits for the com­mu­nity.”

Ten­ders close for short­listed con­trac­tors on Novem­ber 26 and Cr Clarke said coun­cil would look to award the con­tract this year, ahead of con­struc­tion be­gin­ning early next year.

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