Tenders to be sought for pool project
Shortlisted contractors have month to tender for project
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.