Ground bro­ken as new Myrtle­ford sta­dium build looks to ramp on up

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Regional News -

GROUND has been bro­ken for Myrtle­ford’s ex­cit­ing new $2.6 mil­lion 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.

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