Court re­build to start

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Ararat dis­trict con­trac­tor SHS Civil is sched­uled to start work on new $430,000 net­ball courts at Ararat’s Alexan­dra Oval in Oc­to­ber.

Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil an­nounced the timetable af­ter con­firm­ing the ten­der for the works pro­gram.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Harrison said the coun­cil was pleased to an­nounce the ten­der for the con­struc­tion of the courts had been awarded to an Ararat-based busi­ness.

Dr Harrison said net­ball court con­struc­tion would mark the start of on-ground work on an Alexan­dra Ac­tive Cor­ri­dor Project, with fund­ing through the State Govern­ment’s Fe­male Friendly Fa­cil­i­ties Fund.

“It’s

fan­tas­tic to see lo­cal busi­nesses sub­mit­ting com­pet­i­tive ten­ders that al­low the coun­cil to sup­port our own eco­nomic growth,” he said.

“Award­ing ten­ders to lo­cal busi­ness has a flow-on ef­fect to other lo­cal com­pa­nies, so we are re­ally pleased to have SHS Civil on board.”

SHS Civil man­agers Ja­cob and Lachie Hamilton said they were pleased the busi­ness had been the suc­cess­ful ten­derer.

“It’s great to see the coun­cil sup­port­ing lo­cal, and I en­cour­age other lo­cal busi­nesses to ten­der for work with the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Ja­cob Hamilton said.

“SHS Civil has a strong con­nec­tion to the lo­cal foot­ball club too, so it’s great that we are able to work on this project.”

The coun­cil has re­cently adopted a re­vised pro­cure­ment pol­icy that gives Ararat dis­trict busi­nesses a five per­cent weight­ing for all ten­ders.

Dr Harrison said the net­ball-court work would in­clude de­mo­li­tion of a toi­let block, re­moval of a large tree and part of a hedge, which would be re­planted on a slightly dif­fer­ent align­ment.

He said two net­ball courts would be built along with player and scor­ing shel­ters, stor­age sheds for home-team equip­ment, and a ter­raced area to the north for seat­ing.

He added the area would be fully fenced and the courts would have a syn­thetic surface. Spe­cial­ist con­trac­tor Match Point will in­stall the surface.

Dr Harrison said the hope was that work would start in Oc­to­ber, weather de­pen­dent, af­ter the end of the 2019 foot­ball and net­ball sea­sons.

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