THE Mortlake Recreation Reserve will soon be a hive of activity, with the toilet blocks set to be demolished.
Moyne Shire Council assets and contracts manager Darren Dumesny said the demolition works are expected to start in the coming days.
The works are part of the more than $800,000 upgrades to the facilities which will see the community’s long-term dream realised in a new multipurpose centre being built.
“The contract has been let to MacNeil’s from Ballarat and we’ve just got the building permits for it (the centre),” Mr Dumesny said.
“Basically we’re ready to start work. We’re going to be breaking ground within the next few weeks with all things going well.”
The project – which includes the new multipurpose centre, 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 – is expected to be completed in late March to early April 2018.
Mr Dumesny said it has been a lengthy process to get to this stage for the community.
He said it has been a “big process” between balancing the budget and the needs of the community.
“The reserve committee for more than a decade have been trying to get something like this,” Mr Dumesny said.
The large centre – which will include indoor cricket training facilities – also has the opportunity for wider use within the community as a meeting space and exercise class venue.
The outside of the building will be a grey colourbond and link from the current pavilion to the rear of where the toilet blocks are currently.
Moyne Shire councillor Jill Parker said those involved in the project, including herself, are “very excited” at the imminent works.
“It’s a really good feeling to know after all the time and energy expended from a lot of people, that it’s finally going to happen,” she said.
“I think when those toilets come down it will all become very real.”
Funding for the project has been sourced from 12 different funding streams including Moyne Shire Council and Federal and State Government grants.