In October, construction on the Alexandra Oval netball courts will begin after the tender was awarded to a local contractor.
Ararat Rural City Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said that Council was pleased to pass on the news of the tender that has been awarded to Ararat-based business SHS Civil.
The funding was obtained through the State Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund, with construction marking the start of on-ground work on the Alexandra Active Corridor Project.
“It’s fantastic to see local businesses submitting competitive tenders that allow the council to support our own economic growth,” Dr Harrison said.
“Awarding tenders to local business has a flow-on effect to other local companies so we are really pleased to have SHS Civil on board for the construction of the netball courts.”
SHS Civil managers Lachie and Jacob Hamilton said they are delighted that the business has been the successful tenderer.
“It’s great to see the Council supporting local, and I encourage other local businesses to tender for work with the organisation,” Jacob Hamilton said.
“SHS Civil has a strong connection to the local football club too so it’s great that we are able to work on this project.”
Council has recently adopted a revised procurement policy that gives local businesses a five per cent weighting for all tenders.
The work, worth $430,000, includes the pulling down of the old toilet block, and the removal of a large tree and part of the hedge, which will be replanted on a slightly different angle.
The surface will be installed by specialist contractor Match Point and will include two netball courts, player and scoring shelters, storage sheds for home-team equipment, and a terraced area for seating.
Hopefully, the work will begin in October, depending on the weather, once the football and netball seasons have finished.
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