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Tender time for city's pool project

Tenders are now being sought for the Rural City of Wangaratta’s Aquatics Project.

Concept image of 50m outdoor pool

The project at the HP Barr Reserve will involve building a new outdoor heated 50m pool, indoor 17mx12m hydrotherapy pool, outdoor toddler’s wading/splash play area and the installation of solar panels on the roof of the stadium. A 117 space sealed car park will also be constructed adjacent to the new pool, in between Barr 1 and 2 ovals.

The development will complement the existing indoor 25m pool, hydrotherapy pool and toddler’s pool, transforming Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre (WISAC) into a state-of-the-art facility capable of hosting major swimming competitions, water polo and more recreational activities for longer outdoor seasons than is currently possible.

The project is being funded through $4.4m from the Australian Government’s Building Better Region’s Fund, $1.5m from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund and $100,000 from the Wangaratta Swimming Club. Council has also been the recipient of a $6m low interest loan through Sport and Recreation Victoria’s (SRV) Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme. The $6m will form part of Council’s contribution to the project. The exact amount for the overall project will be confirmed once the tender is awarded.

Rural City of Wangaratta Mayor Ken Clarke OAM said a significant amount of work had gone into preparing tender documentation.

Expressions of Interest have now been completed and shortlisted contractors will now enter into the tender phase.

“There has been good interest in the project through the expression of interest process, and we have shortlisted a strong field of contractors,” he said.

“The construction phase is expected to take between 18 months and 2 years.

“Council will keep the community updated throughout the process as it will be a major undertaking that will change the face of the Barr Reserve and have long lasting benefits for the community.”

Tenders close for shortlisted contractors on 26 November 2018 and Cr Clarke said Council would look to award the contract this year, ahead of construction beginning early next year.

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