Contractor Appointed, Works to Commence on Stadium and Dual Courts
Monday, 10 February, 2020 - 09:15
The Victorian School Building Authority has announced the appointment of Blairgrange Pty Ltd (trading as Browns, Wangaratta), to build the new dual court stadium and dual outdoor courts at the Mansfield Secondary College – and work will start this week.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM, welcomed the announcement along with the contractors starting on the site.
“We’re delighted to see action on this, after the Victorian School Building Authority managed the tender process. We’ve been working closely with the school team, led by principal, Tim Hall,” Cr Attley said.
“Council will manage community use of the facility when it’s built as well as the upgrade to View Street to improve access to the new stadium and courts. These road works include a car park and bus turn around facility.
“Road construction needs to be coordinated with the building works and is expected to start later this year and be completed in 2021. Road works will be funded by Council and a State Government contribution of $600,000 via the Fixing Country Roads Program.”
Cr Attley said Council has formalised a Joint Use Agreement with the Secondary College. This establishes the rights and responsibilities of the parties for both the construction and operation of the new facility. The agreement allows for community use of the new facility, outside of school hours, which will be managed by Council. The hours of operation will be 7am to 10pm.
Mansfield Secondary College Principal, Tim Hall said “the school and wider community have benefited from the collaborative approach and are all looking forward to using the new, expanded facilities”.
Through the 2018-2019 Victorian Budget, the Department of Education committed $4.85million towards stage two of the Mansfield Secondary College modernisation works, including a single court stadium.
“Council undertook a detailed feasibility study including a financial business case to explore the opportunity to expand the single court into a dual court stadium, which also included dual outdoor courts. Securing $3.4million in funding from the Australian government means working together has delivered an amazing facility for our wider community,” Cr Attley said.
In addition to the stadium and courts, the upgrades for the school also include an extension and upgrades to the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) centre, hospitality classroom and language centre.