Goodwood Oval Clubroom is Set to Proceed in January.

The Goodwood Oval Clubroom is set to proceed in January with temporary fencing scheduled for January 17.

New Goodwood Oval Clubroom

New Goodwood Oval Clubroom

It has been a long time coming. Council has been working on this project since before I joined Council way back in 2010.

Nothing happens fast however in Local Government. There are too many vested interests for it to be any other way.

The pace escalated last year as a result of the successive lobbying by Jayne Stinson. She secured $ 2,500,000 of grant funding from the then State Labor Government.

We have awarded the contract to Schiavello Construction SA.

Their submission provided Council with value for money, an efficient construction program. They demonstrated a detailed understanding of the local neighbourhood requirement’s. Accordingly they will employ an experienced project team dedicated to the project.

The project budget, including the final tender price provided and an appropriate construction contingency remains within the approved project budget of $3.6 million.

Local residents with a project update in November, in anticipation of construction commencing. Letterbox  drops will be undertaken in the coming days to advise the same residents of the projects start in the new year, and the contact details of relevant project staff.  Additional announcements, in co-ordination with the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing, as well as with the builder will be made in the new year.

The good news is, during construction the oval will remain accessible for community and club use, including evening activities. To limit disruption to local residents and clubs, Council has installed temporary oval access and amenities, including public toilets and change rooms. This will remain for the duration of the construction period.

I am proud to have been part of putting this project together. I look forward to witnessing the construction program, the handover and the first games of footy and cricket (from behind the glass on the first floor).

Goodwood Oval Clubroom a Goer after 2nd CAP approval.

The Council Assessment Panel this week supported a compromise recently reached between the Clubs, Neighbouring Residents and Council.

 

New Goodwood Oval Clubroom

New Goodwood Oval Clubroom

The ERD Court however must ratify the decision. I understand that, rather than go to the Court, this will be done administratively by the Court. Expect therefore, confirmation within the next week.

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The detail of the changes and the negotiations between the parties remain confidential, until such time as the ERD court rubber stamp the approval. Whilst, by my take, the changes are minor from a planning perspective the compromises should please everyone.

The residents will benefit. The original design would have provided them a model with less interference than the model that exists today. The changes, brokered by them, will provide even greater protections to their amenity.

Changes focused mostly around disturbance to the local amenity. In each case the changes have been included as conditions to approval. They should ensure that disturbances from club activity are kept to an absolute minimum.

To see the list of conditions, check out item 13 on page 11 of the minutes from the CAP meeting held on Tuesday this week.

The Clubs can now plan their futures, both the short term and the long term. In the short term, they will be able to confirm to the sporting bodies with whom they belong the availability of the Goodwood Oval facility. The next cricket season, soon to start, and next year’s football season can now be programmed with certainty.

Council likewise can now plan for construction, also with certainty. Goodwood Oval Clubroom a Go-er for all to see as 2020 kicks in.

In order to expedite the project and meet the time conditions of the State Government Grant, Council has commenced with preparing working drawings and preparing the engineering design work. Once complete we can call tenders from Builders. We can proceed to construction once the final costs are known and any extra funding sourced that may be required once the costs are known.

Our aim will be to accept a tender before Christmas. This will allow construction in the new year.