Pav­il­ion ten­der awarded

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

A new ten­nis and net­ball pav­il­ion at Wil­low Grove has moved a step closer with Baw Baw Shire Coun­cil award­ing a con­struc­tion ten­der to King­built Homes.

The pav­il­ion, to be built at Wil­low Grove Re­cre­ation Re­serve, will be built at a to­tal cost of $761,637. The ten­der awarded to King­built Homes was for $698,472.

The project is be­ing funded through $710,000 from the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning (DELWP), $71,750 from the La­trobe Val­ley Au­thor­ity and $17,250 from coun­cil. A re­port to coun­cil fore­cast project sav­ings of $37,000.

Other works in­clude de­sign and sewer re­lo­ca­tion works.

The re­port said the ten­der in­cluded a so­lar power sys­tem, mi­nor up­grades to hot wa­ter ser­vices and a pro­vi­sional sum for com­plet­ing ad­di­tional works to en­sure the com­pleted project and build­ing sur­rounds com­ple­ment each other. The ad­di­tional works may in­clude paving, seat­ing, court ac­cess im­prove­ments and land­scap­ing.

Cr Dar­ren Wal­lace said this was great news for Wil­low Grove.

He said it was even bet­ter that the to­tal cost to coun­cil was $17,000.

Cr Wal­lace ac­knowl­edged for­mer coun­cil­lor David Bal­four for all his hard work and ad­vo­cacy for this project.

“This will be a fa­cil­ity that Wil­low Grove will en­joy for many years to come,” he said.

Cr Michael Leaney said this ten­der to a lo­cal com­pany would re­sult in lo­cal jobs so it was a pos­i­tive story all round.

“The pav­il­ion is noth­ing more than a tin shed…but they are a very ac­tive com­mu­nity and this is a great out­come,” he said.

Cr Mikaela Power said as a for­mer res­i­dent of Wil­low Grove it was be­yond their wildest dreams that this de­vel­op­ment would ever oc­cur.

“The com­mu­nity has been want­ing this for some time and will get full value out of it,” he said.

Of­fi­cers said com­ple­tion of this project will pro­vide modern and ad­e­quate fa­cil­i­ties for the Wil­low Grove com­mu­nity and will ad­dress the is­sues pre­sented by the cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties,” the re­port said.

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