Delivering an ace for infrastructure improvements
In the last meeting of 2020, Wollongong City Council has continued its efforts to improve valued community-focussed infrastructure.
Tonight, Monday 7 December, Council accepted four tenders totalling $1.6M for works that range from toilet facility improvements at Corrimal Tennis Club, to a new roof for Beaton Park’s Grandstand and a new playground at Cringila Hills.
“We’re very much focussed on making improvements to our community’s well-used and much-loved areas,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.
“We’ve seen a significant number of tenders for a range of works pass through Council of late and tonight’s meeting is no different.
“What’s really great about these tenders is their diversity. Tonight, for example, we’re talking about tenders for toilets, sporting facilities and playground landscape works. We’re looking across the city and working to cater for everyone with the projects we’re delivering.’’
The tenders accepted at the meeting are:
Bulli Tennis Clubhouse – Council demolished the old clubhouse in March 2020 due to extensive termite damage and structural concerns. The Club has been operating out of a temporary building and the new building will have a similar footprint and functionality to the original building.
Beaton Park Grandstand – We’ll be replacing the roof and carrying out remediation work to the Grandstand’s structural steel, handrails and masonry blockwork walls. The works are scheduled as the roof sheeting has reached the end of its design life, and will ensure ongoing operations at Beaton Park.
Corrimal Tennis Court Public Toilet – the current toilet is in a poor condition and doesn’t meet Council’s standards for functionality, usability and Crime Prevention through Environment Deign principles. The new facility will be in a better location and meet DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) requirements.
Cringila Hills Playground – Council adopted the Cringila Hills Recreation Masterplan in March 2020 and this phase of work is a key component of that plan. The tender accepted is for the landscape works associated with the playground, and working in with the playground equipment installers. The new district-level playground will provide exciting and inclusive play opportunities catering for children and people with disability or limited mobility. The project includes $150,000 grant funding from the NSW Government’s Everyone Can Play Program.
Cr Bradbery said he looked further to Council continuing to work on key community infrastructure in 2021.
“It has been a big year in many ways this year,’’ he said.
“With COVID and everything else that has happened this year we know many in our community are using local sporting facilities, playgrounds, beaches, parks and shared pathways in a way we’ve not seen before. We’re focussed on ensuring these facilities are the best they can be. Tonight’s meeting demonstrates our commitment to not only deliver, but maintain and improve.’’