Stadium works begin
GROUND has been broken for Myrtleford’s exciting new $2.6million stadium that after a long wait will be in action mid-2019.
The stadium’s project manager, Ewen Oldmeadow, said everything remained to schedule but that “nothing exciting” would be happening until after Christmas.
“They have bulked out the earthwork and got the site cut, in the next couple of weeks we’ll get to putting in the in ground services and getting some footings into the ground and that sort of thing,” Mr Oldmeadow explained.
“It’s just in ground work for the moment, at the end of January the big timber frame will turn up and things will ramp up.”
Mr Oldmeadow is confident of a late July handover.
He added that Joss Constructions, who were awarded the contract of the stadium in October, had been great to work with.
“They are a good professional outfit, we’ve only just started but they’ve got everything set up and we’re getting into it,” he said.
The new stadium will be the home court to Myrtleford’s men’s and women’s Country Basketball League teams and will include a 100 seat viewing area.
Adding another court will also open up more possibilities for the Myrtleford District Basketball Association to host tournaments, thus bringing an economic upside for the town via spending from visitors.
A number of user groups including indoor soccer, netball, badminton, schools and a handful of others will also benefit from the extra court.
DIGGING IN: Construction on the new Myrtleford stadium has begun.