West Wimmera Shire Council obtained a $100,000 grant from the Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) Country Football and Netball Program toward the Apsley Recreation Reserve Amenities Upgrade.The project was identified as part of the Edenhope, Apsley and Surrounds Social Infrastructure Feasibility Study. The Apsley Recreation Reserve required urgent upgrades to essential basic amenities and facilities.
The project will deliver adequate change facilities for players, umpires and support staff to ensure participation in football and netball increase. The project also provides increased all abilities access to increase the social participation in sporting activities which is a vital part of this community.
Council engaged Concept Design Group (Building Designers) of Mount Gambier to initially draft a concept plan for the Apsley Recreation Reserve Amenities Upgrade, and subsequently detailed drawings and specifications for this project. The scope of works was originally divided in to three stages:
- building extensions to include new visitors change rooms and toilets/showers, and umpires change rooms
- upgrade to existing male and female change rooms,
- new canopy across the front of the building
An application for funding was made to Sport and Recreation Victoria's Country Football and Netball Program in 2015 for the first stage of the Apsley Recreation Reserve Amenities Upgrade. In June 2015, funding was announced for $100,000 to allow the first stage of the project to proceed.
The original project budget was $162,920 in which Apsley community pledged $52,920 in cash and $10,000 in-kind. The remaining $100,000 comes from the grant received from SRV.
In the early stages of planning, issues arose with the septic system at the Reserve. It was found that the system was not going to meet the required standards once the new extension was constructed and needed to be replaced. This resulted in a $22,000 additional cost that was unbudgeted for. This work has been awarded to Edenhope Plumbing.
After a competitive tender process, Vine Builders of Naracoorte was appointed to undertake the building works. Grant Coxon Plumbing and Nifty's Electrical have also been engaged for the project.
Construction commenced in February with the concrete slab poured, after some of the site works were undertaken by volunteers from the Apsley Recreation Reserve Committee. Timber framing was erected in the second week of March and the roof and external cladding shortly after.
The project is expected to be completed in June 2017.
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