MOYNE Shire Council has approved a tender from MacNeil Group Pty Ltd for an $819,905 upgrade to the Mortlake Recreation Reserve facilities.
Along with a new multipurpose centre, the project also includes the construction of male and female umpire change rooms, male and female toilets and an upgrade to the existing social rooms, complete with an all-accessible design.
Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan announced $350,000 towards the project as part of the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) last October.
Moyne Shire Council contributed $250,000 towards the development thanks to a budget variation made last December.
The State Government also announced a $50,000 allocation towards the development earlier in the month.
Project subcommittee chairperson Michael Murphy praised the council for its support of the development.
He also thanked the State Government for its contribution, as well as the 11 other funding sources, including the Federal Government, Origin Energy and local sporting clubs.
“We’re delighted to have 12 different funding sources,” Mr Murphy said.
“The support of the Moyne Shire has been outstanding.
“It’s great for the community and great for the user groups.”
He hoped construction works would start at the Boorook Street site within the next six weeks.
“The construction period in the tender (was) six months,” he said.
“Probably the end of April will be a realistic expectation (for completion).”
Councillor Jill Parker said she was pleased the tender had been accepted and the project would now be able to proceed.
“I’m looking forward to watching the progress of the new building amenities,” she said.
“Clubs are very accommodating in working around the building process to ensure minimum delays in the development.
“It is another great project that supports the local community and an example of what groups working together can achieve.”
The building drawings are currently being finalised and a building permit to be organised over the next one to two months.